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

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Guest Scholars

Sir Hew StrachanProfessor of International Relations, University of St. Andrews
John CooperProfessor Emeritus of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
David McDonaldProfessor of History, University of Wisconsin,-Madison
Bruno Cabanes, Professor, Donald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History, The Ohio State University
Holly CaseAssociate 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. Visit the new WWI exhibit: “WWI Beyond the Trenches: Stories from the Front Exhibit” (Wisconsin Veterans Museum)   
5:00-6:00 p.m. Registration open & Reception (Overture Center for the Arts)
6:00-6:10 p.m. Introductory Remarks
6:10-7:45 p.m. Roundtable: “Woodrow Wilson in the World’s Eyes” Featuring Sir Hew Strachan and Professors John Cooper, David McDonald & Bruno Cabanes
8:00-9:00 p.m. Film Preview: Dawn of the Red Arrow

Saturday, October 28, 2017
7:30-8:30 a.m.  Breakfast (Wisconsin Historical Society)
7:30-10:15 a.m. Registration open (Wisconsin Historical Society)
8:30-9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Bruno Cabanes, “Rights, not Charity. France, the Great War and the Rights of War Victims” (Wisconsin Historical Society)
9:45-10:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Holly Case, “The Great War in the Age of Questions” (Wisconsin Historical Society)
10:45 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  Registration open (Pyle Center)

11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel Sessions I (Pyle Center)
Cultural Mobilization in the United States (Session I)
Location: 209 
Shifting Gender Norms in Wartime (Session I)
Location: 213
Poland and the First World War  (Session I)
Location: 313
America Prepares for War (Session I)
Location: 325
Wisconsin’s Great War – I (Session I)
Location: Pyle Auditorium
Conscription and Resistance (Session I)
Location: 309

12:20-1:40 p.m.  Lunch & Keynote Speaker, (Pyle Center)
Keynote Speaker: Michael Neiberg, “America Responds to the War in Europe, 1914-1917”

1:45-2:50 p.m. Panel Sessions II (Pyle Center)
Colonial Soldiers in a Global War (Session II)
World War I and the Environment (Session II)
Location: 309
Wisconsin’s Great War-II (Session II)
Location: Pyle Auditorium
Enforcing Loyalty: World War I and Civil Liberties (Session II)
Location: 313
A War of Firsts: Technology in WWI (Session II)
Location: 325

2:55-4:00 p.m. Panel Sessions III (Pyle Center)
The Great War’s Forgotten Front: the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire (Session III)
Location: 313
Medicine and Healing in the Great War (Session II)
Location: 213
Wisconsin’s Great War-III (Session III)
Location: Pyle Auditorium
The War’s Contested Legacy (Session III)
Location: 209
Germany’s Contested Legacies (Session III)
Location: 309

4:30-5:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Keene, “What did it all Mean? Americans and World War I” (Wisconsin Historical Society)
5:45-6:45 p.m. Reception,  (Lobby & Reading Room, Wisconsin Historical Society)

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

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