International Conference on World War II
November 17–19, 2022 | The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center
The International Conference on World War II is the premier adult educational event bringing together the best and brightest scholars, authors, historians, and witnesses to history from around the globe to discuss key battles, personalities, strategies, issues, and controversies of the war that changed the world. Joining the featured speakers are hundreds of attendees who travel from all over the world to learn to connect with each other through engaging discussions, question-and-answer periods, book signings, and receptions throughout the weekend.
The 15th International Conference on World War II features a daylong, pre-conference symposium “Resistance! Life Under Occupation.” Two subsequent days of Conference sessions will explore an array of topics, including the WWII’s Battlefield Blunders, The Old Breed, K Company and Eugene Sledge, Asia Aflame, Women at War: Resistance, and featuring Richard Overy and Ben Macintyre and many more.
“Band of Brothers” 20th Anniversary Symposium
August 13, 2022
The National WWII Museum is honored to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the “Band of Brothers” miniseries premiere by hosting a daylong Symposium in New Orleans on August 13, 2022. The Symposium will bring members from the cast and crew together on stage to reflect on their experiences, share unique insights, and provide behind the scenes commentary. Family members of Easy Company veterans will also participate in a session on the lasting legacy of their loved ones.
New Orleans is the ideal location for this milestone anniversary event because in 1988, WWII Easy Company veterans held their reunion in the Big Easy. Local historian and author Stephen Ambrose attended the reunion. The conversations he had during that reunion, and the subsequent interviews he conducted with the veterans, formed the basis for Ambrose’s best-selling book Band of Brothers which was published in 1992.
Nine years later, the HBO/Playtone miniseries “Band of Brothers” brought the story of Easy Company to millions of viewers. In the 20 years since its premiere on September 9, 2001, the men of Easy Company have become world famous with their actions recounted and steps retraced from England to the Eagle’s Nest.
Perhaps no single work, in the past two decades, has had such an impact, or made such an imprint on the American memory of World War II.
In addition to the knowledge and resources housed on our six-acre campus, the Museum also annually gathers prestigious historians and speakers from across the globe for various enlightening conferences and symposia, including the renowned International Conference on World War II, hosted in New Orleans each year.