1917: America Joins the Fight

NOVEMBER 3-4, 2017
Early Bird Registration Now Open

The United States emerged from its traditional isolation in 1917 and began to take its place in the forefront of world affairs. As the U.S. mobilized its farms, industries, and formed a large army, it confronted curtailing civil liberties and faced a possible demand for equity in return for support. American leaders believed their choice to join the Entente confirmed a particular form of governance, social, and economic organization, while on the other side of the globe a radically different form was defined by the Russian people. While these competing visions were voiced, the old idea of taking the land of the vanquished was the vision of elite, eyeing the Ottoman Empire.

Featured speakers will include Michael Neiberg and Jennifer Keene. Symposium attendees are also invited to join the audience for a special podcast recording with Hew Strachan and Jay Sexton on Nov. 2.

 Full Symposium schedule and additional information to come.


The Symposium is presented by the National World War I Museum and Memorial and the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission in partnership with the World War One Historical Association and the Command and General Staff College Foundation, Inc. and is sponsored by the Charles Bacon Fund. Special thanks to our presenting sponsors, Bill and Laura Frick.


A block of rooms is set aside at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza. Please contact the hotel for availability, further rate information, and to make your reservation. To receive the special rate of $147 a night, reservations must be completed by Oct. 18.

 Curious about the Museum's Symposiums?

Watch videos of the presentations from the 2016 Symposium, 1916: TOTAL WAR, the 2015 Symposium, 1915: EMPIRES AT WAR, CHURCHILL'S GALLIPOLLI AND AN AMERICA DIVIDED and the 2014 Symposium, 1914: GLOBAL WAR AND AMERICAN NEUTRALITY on YouTube.

Refund Policy

A full refund on symposium registration fees will be available until the early registration date. After that date, a 50% refund will be available until the day prior to the symposium. No refunds will be issued after that date. Please contact Mark Gunter at mgunter@theworldwar.org or 816.888.8103 for more details or to receive a refund.