Memory Wars: World War II at 75, September 10-12, 2020

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September 10, 2020 to September 12, 2020
Louisiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Military History, Modern European History / Studies, Graduate Studies

Memory Wars: World War II at 75

September 10-12, 2020

New Orleans, Louisiana

As it commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in fall 2020, The National WWII Museum will host an international conference exploring the war's evolving place in public memory. The gathering will examine how museums, filmmakers, media, memorials, and historians (public and academic) influence collective memories of the epic conflict.

Targeting general audiences as well as scholars, the three-day conference will feature diverse themes and discussions:

Was World War II really a "good war" for everyone? How do video games, films, and other forms of popular culture shape our memory of World War II? How do American memories of the war differ from those who live in the "bloodlands" of Eastern Europe and Russia? Which memories of the Holocaust are we passing on to future generations? And what relevance do matters of World War II public memory have for people around the world today?

Speakers will include noted historians Dr. Omer Bartov (Brown University), Dr. Alexandra Richie (Collegium Civitas, Warsaw) and Dr. Michael Adams, Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz, representatives of the Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial and American Battle Monuments Commission, and many others.

All-Access Conference Pass: $249.00

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