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Conferences & Symposia

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.

Conferences & Symposia

“Band of Brothers” 20th Anniversary Symposium

September 9, 2021

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 September 9th, 2021. 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.

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Conferences & Symposia

Memory Wars: World War II at 75 and Beyond

September 9-11, 2021

The National WWII Museum will be hosting a first of its kind international conference to address shifting landscapes of popular memories of this world-altering conflict. Memory Wars: World War II at 75 and Beyond will take place September 9–11, 2021 at the new Higgins Hotel & Conference Center.

Having just commemorated the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II, The National WWII Museum is hosting a global conference in New Orleans on September 9–11, 2021. Memory Wars: World War II at 75 and Beyond is a presentation of the Museum’s Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, held at the institution’s new Higgins Hotel & Conference Center.

Memory Wars will explore World War II’s place in public memory through a global prism, examining how museums, filmmakers, media, memorials, and historians (both academic and public) help shape memories of the conflict.

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Conferences & Symposia

International Conference on World War II

November 18-20, 2021 | The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center

Returning to The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center on the Museum's campus, the International Conference on World War II will feature a pre-conference symposium examining Pearl Harbor at 80, as well as sessions exploring the Wannsee Conference, female WWII correspondents, WWII historical fiction, WWII espionage, and more.

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