15th International Conference on World War II

November 17–19, 2022

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.

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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.

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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.

Program Outline
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Pre-Conference Symposium: "Resistance! Life Under Occupation"

Thursday, November 17, 2022
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST

Symposium Welcome and Opening Remarks

Resistance from Within: Germany and Austria

  • Chair – Jason Dawsey, PhD
    German Opposition to the Nazis – Gerhard Weinberg, PhD
    Austria After the Anschluss – Günter Bischof, PhD

Break

Living Under the Rising Sun

  • Chair – Richard Frank
    Fighting in the Philippines – Ricardo Jose, PhD
    Indonesia Under Occupation – Gregg Huff, PhD

Break

Between Hitler and Stalin on the Eastern Front

  • Chair – Jennifer Popowycz, PhD
    The Hidden Front: The Soviet Union – Rob Citino, PhD
    Uprising: Polish Resistance – Alexandra Richie, DPhil

Break and Lunch

Fighting a Common Foe in Asia

  • Chair – Allan Millett, PhD
    Chinese Nationalists and Communists: A “Unified” Effort – Xiaobing Li, PhD
    The OSS and Ho Chi Minh: Unexpected Allies – Dixee Bartholomew-Feis, PhD

Break

External Threat, Internal Struggles: Europe Under Occupation

  • Chair – Mark Calhoun, PhD
    Vive la Résistance: The French Fight – SarahBennett Farmer, PhD
    Italian Partisans: Victories and Reprisals – Jason Dawsey, PhD

4:00 p.m.

Symposium closing remarks, book signing, Conference reception begins

15th International Conference on World War II

Thursday, November 17, 2022
4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CST

Conference Opening Reception

Conference Opening

  • Conference Opening Remarks – Stephen Watson, President & CEO, The National WWII Museum
    Presenting Sponsor Remarks – Pritzker Military Museum & Library

15th International Conference on World War II Opening Session

Blood and Ruins: The Last Imperial War, 1931–1945

  • Richard Overy in conversation with Michael Bell, PhD

Friday, November 18, 2022
8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST

Losing at War: Battlefield Blunders and the Men who Made Them

  • Chair – John Curatola, PhD
    James Holland
    Conrad Crane, PhD

Break

Asia Aflame

  • Chair – Richard Frank
    China’s War of Resistance – Xiaobing Li, PhD
    Famine and Forced Labor in Southeast Asia – Gregg Huff, PhD

Break and Lunch

Women at War: Resistance

  • Chair – Steph Hinnershitz, PhD
    Women in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – Elizabeth Hyman
    Empress of the Nile – Lynne Olson

Break

The Old Breed, K Company, and Eugene Sledge

  • Chair – Richard Frank
    Devil Dogs: King Company, Third Battalion, 5th Marines: From Guadalcanal to the Shores of Japan – Saul David
    The Son of Sledgehammer – Henry Sledge

Break

“Americans and the Holocaust”: A conversation on Ken Burns’ Latest PBS Documentary Series

Museum Open House

Saturday, November 19, 2022
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. CST

Ben Macintyre – Colditz: Prisoners of the Castle and a Career Retrospective

Break

Final Resistance – July 20 and Its Legacy in Germany

  • Alexandra Richie, DPhil
    Levin von Trott zu Solz – Nephew of July 20th Plotter

Break

A French Teenager in the Resistance

  • A Conversation with Nicole Spangenberg and Steph Hinnershitz, PhD

Break and Lunch

Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad

  • Interviewer – John Morrow, PhD
    Author – Matthew Delmont, PhD

Break

An Inside Look at “Masters of the Air”

  • Chair – Kirk Saduski
    Donald Miller, PhD
    John Orloff

Break

15th International Conference on World War II Closing Banquet Presentation

Featured Speakers
Subject to Change

Richard Overy
Ben Macintyre
Alexandra Richie
Lynne Olson
Richard Frank
Rob Citino
Don Miller
Gerhard Weinberg
John Morrow
Saul David
Allan Millett
Guenter Bischof
James Holland
Conrad Crane
Nicole Spangenberg

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