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A Century in the Shadow of the Great War
Friday, March 22

Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Check-in Table Open
National World War I Museum
J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby

Noon – 4:00 p.m.
Gallery Tours of the National World War I Museum
Optional hour-long tours begin at the top of every hour
Meet in the J.C. Nichols Auditorium

Noon - 5:30 p.m.
Research Center Open House
Meet Museum staff and tour the Library & Research Center

1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Meet the Collections & Education Staff
of the National World War I Museum
J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Opening Night Reception
Sponsored by The Western Front Association
J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby

7:00 p.m.
Opening Address
Welcoming Remarks
Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen, National World War I Museum
Secretary General Koen Verlaeckt, Flemish Department of Foreign Affairs
Paul Cora, The Western Front Association
Featured Speaker
Dr. Annette Becker, Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
"How to Commemorate a 100 Years Old Tragedy"
J.C. Nichols Auditorium

Saturday, March 23

8:30 – 9:20 a.m. 
Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by Cyprienne Simchowitz,
President Alliance Française de Kansas City
J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby

9:20 – 10:30 a.m.
Featured Speaker
Mayor Sly James, Kansas City, Missouri
Brendan Zeigler, Strasburg Rail Road
Mr. Graham Paul, Consul General of France in Chicago
Dr. Christian Brecht, Consul General of Germany in Chicago
Featured Speaker
Dr. Sophie De Schaepdrijver, Pennsylvania State University
"Military Occupations in Europe, 1914-1918 "
Sponsored by Strasburg Rail Road
J.C. Nichols Auditorium

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Panel: Global Commemoration of the Great War
Dr. Peter Jakab, Smithsonian Institution
Dr. Joan Beaumont, Australian National University
Dr. Reiner Pommerin, Militärgeschichtliche Zeitschrift
Doran Cart, National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
J.C. Nichols Auditorium

Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Networking Lunch
Sponsored by the Order of the First World War
J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Panel A: Digital Commemoration
Dr. Matthew Shaw, British Library
Brian Grubbs, Over There: Missouri and the Great War
Dr. Patrick Houlihan, University of Chicago
J.C. Nichols Auditorium

Panel B: First World War & American Memory
Dr. Pearl James, University of Kentucky
Mark Levitch, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Dr. Steven Trout, University of South Alabama
Research Center

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon Break with Refreshments
Sponsored by Cyprienne Simchowitz, Attorney at Law & Jerry White
J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby and Research Center Corridor

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Panel A: The Great War Through the Lens of Arts
Dr. Jan Schall, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Susan Werbe, The Great War Dance Project
Annabelle Winograd, Dartmouth College
Frank Byrne, Kansas City Symphony
Research Center

Panel B: Uniformed Women in the Great War
Dr. Margaret Darrow, Dartmouth College
Dr. Bart Hacker, Smithsonian Institution
Dr. Tammy Proctor, Wittenberg University
Margaret Vining, Smithsonian Institution
J.C. Nichols Auditorium

4:30 p.m.
Special Presentation
Mike St Maur Sheil
Fields of Battle: Terres de Paix, a Photographic Traveling Exhibition
J.C. Nichols Auditorium

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Free Time to Tour Museum

5:45 p.m.
Dinner & Keynote Speaker
Dr. Axel Jansen, Universität Tübingen
Dr. Christopher Capozzola, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Michael Neiberg, United States Army War College
"The Outbreak of War in 1914: A New Look at an Old Problem"
Sponsored by AFS Intercultural Programs
J.C. Nichols Auditorium & Lobby

8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Special Presentation
Clive Harris, Battle Honours Ltd.
2013 and 2014 Battlefield Tours by the
National World War I Museum and Battle Honours Ltd.
J.C. Nichols Auditorium

Sunday, March 24

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Sponsored by Crile Archives Center for History Education and
Barton Hacker & Margaret Vining
J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby
9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Featured Speaker
Dr. Vejas Liulevicius, University of Tennessee
"The Eastern Front Experience in the First World War"
J.C. Nichols Auditorium Lobby

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Morning Break

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Panel: WWI Sites: Should They Be Designated As UNESCO World Heritage Sites?
Dr. Mallika Das, Mount Saint Vincent University
Dr. E. Wanda George, Mount Saint Vincent University
Dr. Brian Osborne, Queen’s University
J.C. Nichols Auditorium

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Power Sessions

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.
George Thompson & Dennis Cross, World War I Historical Association

10:35 – 10:50 a.m.
James Banks, Crile Archives Center for History Education

10:55 – 11:10 a.m.
Dr. David Stone, Institute for Military History at Kansas State University

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Elaine Uzan Leary, American Friends of Blérancourt

11:30 a.m.
Closing Remarks
Lea Winkeler, Visit Flanders
Dr. Mary Davidson Cohen, National World War I Museum
J.C. Nichols Auditorium