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World War 100: A Centennial Symposium

October 10, 2017

The Wisconsin World War I Centennial Commission, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Wisconsin Historical Society, and War in Society and Culture Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host World War 100: A Centennial Symposium on October 27-28, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Guest Scholars:

  • Sir Hew Strachan, Professor of International Relations, University of St. Andrews
  • John Cooper, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • David McDonald, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin,-Madison
  • Bruno Cabanes, Professor, Donald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History, The Ohio State University
  • Holly Case, Associate Professor of History, Brown University
  • Jennifer Keene, Professor of History, Chapman University
  • Michael Neiberg, Chair in War Studies, U.S. Army War College


Friday, October 27, 2017

2:00-4:45 p.m. Tours of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

5:00-6:00 p.m. Reception, Overture Center

6:00-6:10 p.m. Introductory Remarks

6:10-7:40 p.m. Roundtable on WWI with Sir Hew Strachan and Professors John Cooper and David McDonald

8:00-9:00 p.m. Premiere of “Dawn of the Red Arrow”

Saturday, October 28, 2017 6:45-7:25 a.m. Breakfast, Wisconsin Historical Society 7:25-6:30 p.m. Keynote Speakers featured throughout the day 9:40-12:10 p.m. Panel Sessions I-II, Pyle Center

Cultural Mobilization in the United States (Session I) Gender (Session I) Poland & WWI (Session I) America Prepares (Session I) The Great War at Home in Wisconsin – I (Session II) War and Colonialism (Session II) WWI Medical History (Session II) World War I and the Environment Blockades, Food, Industrialization, Military Ecologies, and the Nature of Conflict (Session II)

12:20-1:40 p.m. Lunch & Keynote Speaker, Pyle Center 1:45-4:00 p.m. Panel Sessions III & IV, Pyle Center

The Great War at Home in Wisconsin – II (Session III) “Enforcing Loyalty: World War I and Civil Liberties,” (Session III) Conscription and Resistance (Session III) Technology (Session III) The Great War at Home in Wisconsin – III (Session IV) Balkans/Ottoman Empire (Session IV) Legacies (Session IV) Germany (Session IV)

4:15-5:15 p.m. Reception, lobby & reading room, Wisconsin Historical Society 5:30-6:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Hotel Information:

The symposium has reserved a block of rooms at the Pyle Center (one of the sites of the symposium and easy walking distance to other sites). Reserve your room here.

A list of other hotels convenient (within 15 minutes walking distance) to symposium sites is below:

Concourse Hotel: (800) 356-8293

DoubleTree by Hilton: (855) 275-4790

The Edgewater Hotel: (608) 535-8200

Hampton Inn & Suites: (844) 205-9992

Park Hotel: (608) 285-8000

About Madison:

Madison, Wisconsin is the state capitol and the location of the University of Madison-Wisconsin. In the downtown area THERE are numerous restaurants as well as the UW, WVM, WHS and other sites of interest. For more information about Madison go to www.visitmadison.com/ Madison is readily accessed by car via the interstate system, via bus, and Dane County Regional Airport is served by several airlines and is 10 minutes by taxi or hotel shuttle from downtown and the campus.

Learn more about Wisconsin in World War I at https://bit.ly/ww100wi

Session passes will be available as room permits the day of the paper presentations (Saturday), and the final featured speaker’s presentation Saturday afternoon will be open to the public. Session passes may be available online prior to the symposium as space permits.

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