2021 Symposium
Fractured Fronts

Oct. 29-30, 2021 | Register Now

As the Great War “ended,” many questions confronted the global community that remain just as pressing today as they did one hundred years ago. How does war impact how we understand ourselves and our place in the world? What does it mean to “come home” when the places and people you called home have changed irrevocably? How does raising such ideas help us better comprehend the period today? Using historic and contemporary lenses, join us for an illuminating exploration of these questions and a collective conversation on war, identity and the enduring impact of World War I.

 Presenters include Dan Carlin, Robert Johnson, Gary Sheffield, Patricia Cecil and Jay Sexton.
See presenters and bios ›


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.


The 2021 symposium will be hybrid, hosting speakers and guests both in-person and online. In-person sessions will be livestreamed for online attendees, who can also participate in live Q/A.

In-Person Registration

$195 Symposium Registration (Early Bird $150 ended Tuesday, Sept. 28).
$80 Active Volunteer (available until Tuesday, Sept. 28)
$50 Teacher/Student
$45 Reception Only (includes three complimentary drinks) for Friday evening

Online Registration (includes remote access to all sessions and access to Trivia livestream)

$75 online (no expiry)

Please note in-person registration includes light breakfasts, lunches and a spirited reception. In-person registrants have the opportunity, at no added cost, to experience the immersive virtual reality War Remains. As a solitary experience, complimentary reservation times are limited and available for Thursday – Sunday, October 28-31. Registrants can sign up for times on a first-come, first serve basis through the Google Form link in the registration confirmation email. If you do not receive your registration confirmation email within 24 hours of purchase, please contact travel@theworldwar.org.

In-person symposium attendees who wish to bring guests to the spirited reception and trivia will need to buy additional reception tickets for their guests.

Online symposium attendees will receive exclusive digital content and may compete in the Friday evening trivia reception.

Register Now

Can’t attend the whole symposium, but still want to see a few sessions? Contact us at travel@theworldwar.org or 816.888.8153.


The Museum and Memorial will honor a 50 percent refund on registration fees until Sept. 28. On Sept. 28, no refunds will be granted. Attendees may contact Mark Gunter at 816.888.8103 to request a refund.


A discounted block of rooms is set aside at the Hampton Inn & Suites Kansas City Country Club Plaza. Please use this link to book your room at a special rate, starting at $145 per night (pre-tax), or contact the hotel for further information. To receive the special rate, reservations must be completed by Oct. 6, 2021.



10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Museum and Memorial Open
3-5 p.m.  Check-in at Museum and Memorial Guest Services


10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Museum and Memorial Open
7:30-8 a.m.  Shuttle service from the Hampton Inn Hotel to the Museum and Memorial
8-8:30 a.m.  Check-in for attendees at the Museum and Memorial
8:30-8:40 a.m.  Welcome | Matt Naylor
8:40-9:40 a.m.  Session 1 | Robert Johnson
9:40-10 a.m.  Break | Museum Store Opens
10-11 a.m.  Session 2 | Steven Trout
11 a.m.-noon  Session 3 | Nikki Brown
Noon-1 p.m.  Lunch at the Museum and Memorial
1-2 p.m.  Session 4 | Clive Harris
2-2:15 p.m.  Break
2:15-3:15 p.m.  Session 5 | Scott Stephenson
3:15-3:30 p.m.  Break
3:30-4:30 p.m.  Session 6 | Jay Sexton
4:30-5:30 p.m.  Shuttle Service between the Museum and Memorial and the Hampton Inn Hotel
5:30-7:30 p.m.  Spirited Reception with Keynote Message from Dan Carlin
6-7:30 p.m.  Trivia
7:30-8 p.m.  Shuttle Service from the Museum and Memorial to the Hampton Inn


10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Museum and Memorial Open
7:30-8 a.m.  Shuttle service from the Hampton Inn Hotel to the Museum and Memorial
8:30-8:50 a.m.  Curatorial Session | Patricia Cecil
8:50-9:50 a.m.  Session 7 | Timothy Parsons
9:50-10 a.m.  Break | Museum Store Opens
10-11 a.m.  Session 8 | John Kuehn
11 a.m.-noon  Session 9 | Gary Sheffield
Noon-12:15 p.m.  Closing Remarks
12:15-1 p.m.  Lunch at the Museum and Memorial
12:30-1:30 p.m.  Shuttle service from the Museum and Memorial to the Hampton Inn Hotel


Fractured Fronts is an initiative of the National WWI Museum and Memorial. This event is made possible by the generous support of the World War One Historical Association, Bill and Laura Frick and the Charles Bacon Fund.

 Curious about the Museum and Memorial's Symposiums?

Watch videos of the presentations from some of our past symposiums on YouTube:
1919: Peace?, 1918: Crucible of War, 1917: America Joins the Fight and 1916: Total War.