Yalta at 75: From World War to Cold War Symposium

Join leading scholars for a daylong discussion about the Yalta Conference—from the run-up to the conference, the proceedings themselves, to the legacies of Yalta for the postwar world, for the Cold War, and for our own day.

The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center | Arcadia Ballroom

Saturday, February 8 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Symposium Overview

Seventy-five years ago, at the town of Yalta (on the Crimean Peninsula) the three most powerful men in the world gathered for a series of extended discussions and strategy sessions. Josef Stalin, the dictator of the Soviet Union, was the host; British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his guests.

Yalta at 75: From World War to Cold War will examine this crucial moment of World War II in detail: the run-up to the conference, the proceedings themselves, and finally the legacies of Yalta for the postwar world, for the Cold War, and for our own day.

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Program Schedule

Saturday, February 8, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
Welcome Remarks

  • Stephen Watson, President & CEO, The National WWII Museum

9:05 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Opening Remarks and Introductions by Master of Ceremonies

  • Jeremy Collins

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
“The Road to Yalta: Allied Conferences 1940–1944”

  • Günter Bischof, PhD

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Break and Book Signing

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
“Yalta: The Conference in the Crimea”

  • Serhii Plokhii, PhD

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Break, Book Signing, and Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“Yalta’s Effects on the Ending of the War”

  • Robert M. Citino, PhD

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Break and Book Signing

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
“The Legacy of Yalta: The Dawning of the Cold War”

  • Michael Bishop

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Break and Book Signing

4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.
Roundtable Discussion Featuring All Speakers

4:55 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

  • Robert M. Citino, PhD, Moderator

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Download the official Yalta at 75: From World War to Cold War Symposium program schedule for a full listing of biographies and other useful information.

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Featured Speakers

Günter Bischof, PhD

Günter Bischof, PhD, is the Marshall Plan Professor of History and Director of Center Austria at the University of New Orleans. He is a historian of international history, focusing on American and European diplomatic history of the 20th century, especially Cold War international relations, and has written on POW treatment and memory of World War II. Bischof is the author of Austria in the First Cold War: The Leverage of the Weak, and also The Marshall Plan: Saving Europe, Rebuilding Austria since 1947. He is the coeditor of Contemporary Austrian Studies, served as coeditor (with Stephen E. Ambrose) of the 10-volume Eisenhower Center Studies in Austrian and Central European History and Culture and he also edits the series TRANSATLANTICA. Bischof has coedited a dozen other books and some 100 scholarly articles. Bischof received his MA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Harvard. He also served as the Post-Katrina Visiting Professor in the LSU History Department. He serves as a Presidential Counselor to The National WWII Museum.

Serhii Plokhii, PhD

Serhii Plokhii, PhD, is the Mykhailo Hrushevskyi Professor of Ukrainian History and the director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. His interests include intellectual, cultural, and international history of Eastern Europe and political and cultural history of World War II and the Cold War. A few of Plokhii’s titles include Yalta: The Price of Peace (2010), The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union (2015), The Cossack Myth: History and Nationhood in the Age of Empires (2012), Ukraine and Russia: Representations of the Past (2008), and most recently, Forgotten Bastards of the Eastern Front: American Airmen behind the Soviet Lines and the Collapse of the Grand Alliance (2019). His books won numerous awards, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for the best English-language book on the international relations and the Ballie Gifford Prize for NonFiction (UK).

Robert M. Citino, PhD

Robert M. Citino, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy and the Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at The National WWII Museum, as well as one of America’s most distinguished military historians. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he attended St. Ignatius Loyola High School on the city’s west side, received his BA in History from The Ohio State University and his MA and PhD from Indiana University. He joined the Museum in August 2016. Citino is an award-winning military historian and scholar who has published 10 books including The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943; Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942; and The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years’ War to the Third Reich. He has also written numerous articles covering World War II and 20th century military history. He speaks widely and contributes regularly to general readership magazines including World War II. Citino enjoys close ties with the US military establishment, and taught one year at the US Military Academy at West Point and two years at the US Army War College.


Michael Bishop

Michael Bishop is a Consultant in the Office of the Chairman at the National Endowment for the Humanities. Previously, he was director of the National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) at the George Washington University and executive director of the International Churchill Society. He established the NCLC as a vibrant center of Churchillian activity, hosting a number of distinguished leaders in the fields of politics, the military, journalism, and history to discuss the continuing relevance of Churchill’s legacy for live and television audiences. He also organized the successful 34th and 35th International Churchill Conferences in New York and Williamsburg, Virginia. He worked closely with the cast and producers of Darkest Hour, the Oscar-winning film about the perilous first weeks of Churchill’s premiership. His reviews and articles on Churchill, Lincoln, World War I, and British and Irish politics and history appear in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, National Review, and elsewhere.

Bishop has spent much of his career in politics, serving in several positions on Capitol Hill and in the White House. He was corporate communications manager at Strategic Investment Group, a leading provider of outsourced chief investment office services. He is the former executive director of the congressional Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and served as a consultant on Lincoln, the Steven Spielberg film. He serves on the Board of the Abraham Lincoln Institute.

Bishop was educated at the University of California at Berkeley, the George Washington University, and Georgetown University. He lives in Washington, DC.


Symposium Registration Fee

$199 per person


$249 per person


Optional Post-Symposium Reception and Dinner with the Speakers 
Additional $125 per person (Limited availability; registration is required)


For more information, call 1-877-813-3329 x 511 or email conferences@nationalww2museum.org.

Optional Post-Symposium Reception and Dinner with the Speakers

The American Sector Restaurant & Bar 

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Reception with the Speakers

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Dinner with the Speakers
Additional $125 per person (Limited availability; registration required)


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