1917: America Joins the Fight

NOVEMBER 3-4, 2017

Watch the 2017 Symposium presentations on YouTube

Explore the revolutionary year of 1917.

Emerging from its traditional isolation, the United States took its place at the forefront of world affairs in 1917. Mobilizing farms, industries, and individuals, America made fevered changes economically, socially and politically. 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. A year of tenacity, transition and tumult that forever changed the world.

Symposium Highlights

  • The Long Road to Peace panel conversation and podcast recording with Jay Sexton and Jennifer Keene on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. (Please schedule your travel accordingly; you will not want to miss this!)
  • Presentations by John Calvert, Richard S. Faulkner, Jennifer Keene, Saje Matthieu, Michael Neiberg, Olga Porshneva, Erik R. Scott, and David Stevenson on Nov. 3-4.
  • Evening reception and conversations, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Participation in C-SPAN live coverage, Nov. 4

 View the 2017 Symposium Schedule, Presenters, and Abstracts


All who have a general to professional interest in the periods prior to, during and after World War I. We especially recommend this symposium to educators, historians and members of organizations that study these periods and/or engaged in planning projects and programs for the war’s centennial. Are you a member of the World War One Historical Association? As a partnering organization, their annual meeting and other great opportunities coincide with this symposium.


The registration for the symposium is:

  • $195 early bird pricing (Deadline: Oct. 6, 2017)
  • $245 per person (After Oct. 6, 2017)


The registration provides attendees:

  • Admittance to the panel program and podcast recording by Hew Strachan, Jay Sexton, and Jennifer Keene on Thursday, Nov.2 at 6 p.m.
  • Presentations on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, Nov. 4 by featured speakers.
  • Lunch at the Museum and Memorial on Friday, Nov. 3
  • Dinner with two complimentary drinks on Friday, Nov. 3
  • Lunch at the Museum and Memorial on Saturday, November 4
  • Admittance to the Museum and Memorial's exhibits including Revolution, 1917!
  • Participation in C-SPAN recordings



The Symposium is presented by the National WWI Museum and Memorial and the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission in partnership with the World War One Historical Association, KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) 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. Rooms at this rate at the Marriott Country Club Plaza have sold out.


 Curious about the Museum and Memorial'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.