I am assembling a panel for the Society for Military History's Annual Meeting in Ottawa in April 2016, and I need another panelist. The theme of the panel is the ways in which the YMCA or YWCA supported various people groups affected by war around the world (does not necessarily have to relate to involvement with soldiers per se) and/or the collaboration and conflict with wartime governments that occurred as a part of its involvement in wartime.
Right now, we have papers about the YMCA in France in WWII and the YMCA/YWCA's operations in California during WWII working with Japanese Americans. To help shore up a fairly consistent theme, I am particularly interested in papers that deal with World War II, but a WWI, Russo-Japanese, or other major twentieth century topic could also work nicely. YMCA work in Russia, Canada, Britain, or other theater of operations would be most welcome.
Please respond with your interest ASAP. The deadline for the panel submission is October 1st and I'll be looking for an abstract and CV a few days prior.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Instructor, Department of History
Air Force Academy