NEW ORLEANS (October 10, 2016) — The National WWII Museum’s first International Conference on World War II in 2006 set the precedent for outstanding scholarship and public history on the most pivotal event of the modern era. The Museum will continue this important initiative November 17 through 19 in New Orleans at the 2016 International Conference, titled “1946: Year Zero—Triumph and Tragedy,” and covering the immediate postwar period and the new world left in the wake of the global struggle.
The world’s leading gathering of WWII historians, educators, authors, students and enthusiasts, the 2016 Conference will feature presentations and discussions from Conrad Crane, PhD; Richard Frank; David Kennedy, PhD; Donald L. Miller, PhD; Alexandra Richie, DPhil and Kirk Saduski. Museum president and CEO Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller, PhD will also join the Conference to discuss how the war is remembered throughout the world today and how it impacts present policies of the nations involved.
“This year, I’ll get to share the Conference stage with the ‘the dean of WWII historians,’ Dr. Gerhard Weinberg, as we examine the present-day implications of World War II,” said Mueller. “It’s a privilege to stand among prestigious historians and discuss the global conflict that changed America—and the world—in the middle of the last century. We are excited that these renowned speakers will be with us to illuminate the influence of the war, highlighting diverse topics that range from women’s and civil rights to communism, the division of Korea and the Holocaust.”
Presented by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and the Tawani Foundation, the 2016 Conference will be preceded by a Symposium on the topic of espionage—as practiced during World War II and refined during the Cold War that followed—with British writer and historian Sir Max Hastings serving as keynote speaker. Bestselling author Alex Kershaw will also lead a discussion on his recent book “Avenue of Spies,” which tells the story of resistance in Nazi-occupied Paris.
WWII veteran Major General John Singlaub, one of the last known living special operators to clear enemy lines and gain entrance into France, will also present at the Symposium. After the war, Singlaub became one of the first agents in the newly created Central Intelligence Agency, and he’ll share stories from his military career on the front lines, and then in the Oval Office.
Conference locations in New Orleans include the Museum’s US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center, as well as the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, where Conference attendees can also book hotel rooms at a group rate. The Museum will offer guests free transportation between both locations.
For more information, or to register for the Conference and/or Symposium, visit www.ww2conference.com.
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