Military Museum and Pritzker Library to Host Wartime Military History Symposium March 31-April 1

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library (PMML) will host its annual Wartime Military History Symposium from March 31 to April 1, 2022, honoring the 2021 Pritzker Lifetime Achievement Literature recipient. military writing, Dr. Margaret MacMillan. The symposium will examine the current state of military history under the theme “What is military history today?” »

Individual group sessions will explore and identify today’s challenges in researching, writing and presenting military history and how they are influenced by the needs and interests of diverse audiences. The views of the academic community, military professionals and the public will be considered.

“Events in Ukraine remind us once again how important it is to study and understand war,” said Dr Margaret MacMillan. “The symposium will provide a much-needed opportunity to bring together some of those involved in military history, from historians to curators, to explore and debate this crucial topic. Our discussions will guide us in exploring topics old and new and means of reaching the public.”

The symposium will begin on Thursday, March 31 at 4:00 p.m. with a discussion on the theme “What is military history today? Panelists will share knowledge about their research, teaching, publications, and work with various institutions and organizations concerned with military history. Panelists for this session include Dr. Matthew Muehlbauer, historian of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library; Dr. Beth Bailey, University of Kansas; Dr. Allan R. Millett, University of New Orleans; and Dr. Michael Neiberg, US Army War College. After the round table, a cocktail will take place from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. The evening will conclude with a seated dinner as Dr. Margaret MacMillan discusses how scholars and writers have addressed military history throughout her career.

On Friday, April 1, in-person attendees will enjoy three panel discussions, plus a continental breakfast and lunch. The first session, “Museums and Commemoration,” will begin at 9 a.m. This roundtable will explore the roles museums play in commemorating military service and how they are impacted by popular and scholarly understanding of military history. Panelists will include Dr. Krewasky Salter, First Division Museum at Cantigny Park; Ms. Tammy E. Call, National Museum of the US Army; Dr. Matthew C. Naylor, National First World War Museum and Memorial; and Dr. Margaret MacMillan, University of Toronto.

The second session, “Violence, Atrocities and Restraint in War,” will begin at 10:35 a.m. This group of panelists will explore how military historians approach several sensitive and essential topics. Issues such as the extent of violence employed by the armed forces, how incidents of atrocity are handled, the contexts in which they occur, and how they examine and assess the efforts of military organizations to respect the limits of the use of force will be discussed. Panelists for this session are Dr. John Morrow, University of Georgia; Dr. Gregory Daddis, San Diego State University; Dr. Noriko Kawamura, Washington State University; and Dr. Margaret MacMillan, University of Toronto.


The last session on Friday will begin at 1:20 p.m. and will focus on “Lessons to be Learned: Writing Post-Cold War Military History”. The military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are of particular interest in this session. assess and examine how different audiences, primarily academics and military professionals, use these stories. Speakers for this session are Dr. Antulio J. Echevarria II, US Army War College, Dr. Anthony E. Carlson, US Army School of Advanced Military Studies; Dr Daniel Marston, Johns Hopkins University and Dr Mary Elizabeth Walters, US Air Force Air Command and Staff College.

“This year’s symposium brings together published scholars, accomplished teachers of civilian students and military officers, and museum professionals skilled in preserving archives and artifacts for future generations,” said Matthew Muehlbauer, historian of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. “They will provide a wide range of perspectives on issues integral to the current state of military history. We encourage anyone with an interest in the field to attend this wonderful event, either in person at our location from Chicago or via live stream.”

The Symposium will adopt a hybrid format welcoming in-person and virtual participants. Virtual and in-person ticket options are available. Learn more about each panelist and register by visiting the museum and library website.

About the Pritzker Military Museum and Library

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library aims to increase the public’s understanding of military history, military affairs and national security by providing a forum for the study and exploration of our military – past, present and future – with particular emphasis on their stories, sacrifices and values. With national and global reach, these spaces and events aim to share the stories of those who served and their contributions as citizen soldiers, helping citizens around the world appreciate the relationship between the armed forces and the civilians they protect. freedoms. A non-governmental and non-partisan organization, the Museum & Library showcases a variety of collections, scholarly initiatives and public programs, from its flagship center in downtown Chicago to its world-class research facility and park currently under construction in Somers, NY. Wisconsin.

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