During this time of home quarantines and social distancing, many of us have more to spend watching television and streaming services. Therefore, it seems an appropriate time to bring forward selections from the Museum’s online public programs archive.
By way of introduction, The International Conference on World War II has been the Museum’s marquee adult public educational program since it first launched in 2006. Beginning in 2014, we have kicked-off each conference with a themed pre-conference symposium.
The 2019 pre-International Conference symposium theme was on Dwight D. Eisenhower. It covered his background, his early war experiences, and his time as the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces.
Playing the Game: Ike and his Mentors
The first session has Steve Rabalais discussing one of Ike’s most positive influences, General Fox Conner. Rabalais is followed by General Ty Seidule who discusses the informative, though acrimonious, relationship between Ike and General Douglas MacArthur. The session is roughly 75 minutes.
In the Crucible: Ike in the Mediterranean
The next session focused on Ike’s time in North Africa, presented by Christopher Rein, PhD, and then the Museum’s Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian, Rob Citino, PhD, discussing Ike in Sicily and Italy. The session is roughly 75 minutes.
Ike and the Great Crusade
The third session is presented by Michael Neiberg, PhD. Dr. Neiberg discussed one of Ike’s biggest challenges in all of World War II—his relationship with the French, specifically French General Charles de Gaulle. The session is just under an hour.
The Symposium concluded with a roundtable discussion of all of the day’s great speakers, where they fielded questions from the audience members and themselves. This session is roughly 75 minutes.
We hope you enjoy all of the great commentary provided by our illustrious panelists and get an educational reprieve from the often stressful news reports coming out at this time.
Stay tuned as we package more of our “greatest hits” from past programs! Should you want to dive deeper into these subjects, links to the books on the Museum Store are below. Your purchase helps support the Museum’s educational mission.