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

November 6-7, 2015
Background image: black and white photograph of soldiers in a field grouped behind a trench gun. Text: 2015 Symposium

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.

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Featured Presenters

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); Frederick Dickinson (Professor of History at University of Pennsylvania); 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 Geographic magazine); Michelle Moyd (Associate Professor of History at Indiana University-Bloomington); David Stone (Kansas State University/Naval War College).



Who Should Attend?

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.

Symposium Fee

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 and Memorial on Friday, November 6
  • Dinner with two complimentary drinks on Friday, November 6
  • Lunch at the Museum and Memorial on Saturday, November 7
  • Admittance to the Museum and Memorial's exhibits

Refund policy:

The Museum and Memorial 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.

Overview Schedule

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. 

Full Symposium Program (PDF)


Hotel Rooms

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 at a special rate.

For information or questions, please email


The symposium is co-presented by the National WWI 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.