SYMPOSIUM: Global War, 1915 | Empires at War, Churchill’s Gallipoli and an America Divided

NOVEMBER 6-7, 2015 

Explore the rising tensions in America and the globally escalating conflict that defined the world in 1915. Follow the trajectories of different countries around the world as the conflict escalated to total war, including fighting in the colonies and East Asia, stalemate in the West, Churchill’s disaster at Gallipoli, mobilization at home, and the polarization of American society around the issue of war.


Mustafa Aksakal (Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University and the Neshuhi Ertegun chair of Modern Turkish Studies); Gary Armstrong (Professor of Political Science at William Jewell College) Christopher Bell (Professor of History at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia); Susan Grayzel (Professor of History at the University of Mississippi); Edward Gutierrez (Lecturer at Northeastern University); Jason McDonald (Visiting Assistant Professor of American History at Truman State University) Candice Millard (Author and former writer/editor at National Geographicmagazine); Michelle Moyd (Associate Professor of History at Indiana University-Bloomington); David Stone (Kansas State University/Naval War College).


All who have a general to professional interest in the periods prior to, during and after World War I should attend this symposium. It especially applies to historians and members of organizations that study these periods and to those who are engaged in planning projects and programs for the war’s centennial between 2014-19.


The registration for the symposium is:
$195 early bird pricing (Deadline October 1, 2015)
$245 per person (After October 1, 2015)

The registration provides attendees:

Admittance to the presentation

Lunch at the Museum on Friday, November 6

Dinner with two complimentary drinks on Friday, November 6

Lunch at the Museum on Saturday, November 7

Admittance to the Museum’s exhibits

Refund policy:

The Museum will honor a 50-percent refund on registration fees until Oct. 1. After Oct. 1, no refunds will be granted. Attendees may contact Mark Gunter at (816) 888.8103 to request a refund.


Thursday, November 5: Check-in available at the Museum (3 – 5 p.m.) and the Marriott (6 – 8 p.m.)

Friday, November 6: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. Cocktail hour, dinner and presentation featuring Candice Millard (at the Marriott)*

Saturday, November 7: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

* Non-Symposium attendees may purchase tickets to attend the Friday evening dinner/presentation. 


A block of rooms is set aside at the Kansas City Marriott County Club Plaza. Please contact the hotel for availability, the rate and to make your reservation. To receive the special rate, reservations must be completed by Oct. 14.

For information or questions, please email


The symposium is co-presented by the National World War I Museum and Memorial and the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission. The event is held in partnership with The Churchill Centre and the Western Front Association, in conjunction with the World One Historical Association and sponsored by the University Press of Kansas.


View information about the Museum’s acclaimed 2014 Symposum (1914: Global War and American Neutrality), including videos of presentations via YouTube.

Downloadable registration form.

Adrienne Landry Dunavin is a member of the Kansas WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee and is the primary administrator of She worked at the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies as their Outreach Coordinator from 2010-2016. During that time she served on the KU WWI Centennial Commemoration Working Group. She continues to volunteer as a representative for CREES and KU WWI on this blog.