2021 Symposium
Fractured Fronts


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Nikki Brown

African American Communities in the WWI Era | Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – Noon CT

Dr. Nikki Brown is an Associate Professor of History and of African American Studies at the University of Kentucky. She received her PhD from Yale University and won the Letitia Woods Brown award for her book Private Politics and Public Voices: Black Women’s Activism from World War I to the New Deal. A senior lecturer with the Fulbright program, her expertise lies around the experience of African American Women during the Great War era, with a strong focus on gender, race, identity, repression, and politics.

Dan Carlin

War Remains | Friday, Oct. 29 – Dinner Keynote (recorded)

Dan Carlin is an award-winning podcaster and veteran journalist. Once a radio host, he took his show to the internet and now hosts the independent podcasts Hardcore History, Hardcore History: Addendum, and Common Sense. Preceding his longform podcasting, Mr. Carlin was a reporter and columnist in Los Angeles, covering major local events. His most recent endeavor took his passion for history into a collaboration on an immersive VR experience transporting participants to the Western Front of WWI entitled War Remains viewable at the Museum and Memorial.

Patricia Cecil

The Changing Front of Faith | Friday, Oct. 29, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CT

Patricia Cecil is the Specialist Curator for Faith, Religion, and WWI at the National WWI Museum and Memorial, in which she promotes a nuanced interpretation of the critical roles of faith, spirituality, and religion in the Great War. She received her M.A. in Indigenous Studies and Museum Studies from the University of Kansas. Her past scholarly research and curatorial work has focused on Indigenous history and religious studies and published several pieces including within the journal Museums and Social Issues.

Clive Harris

The Rise of Sports and Service Organizations | Friday, Oct. 29, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT

Clive Harris is a historian who served with the Royal Corps of Signals and was staff at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History, a historian for Charlton Athletic Football Club and an advisor for the BBC. The Co-Director of BattleHonours Battlefield Tours, he is an expert on experiential teaching on the battlefields of Europe and the Middle East. He has written several books including, “The Greater Game – Sporting Icons who Fell in the Great War.”

Robert Johnson

The Changing Character of War| Friday, Oct. 29, 8:40 – 9:40 a.m. CT

Dr. Robert Johnson is the Director of the Changing Character of War Centre at Oxford University, among other notable appointments. A veteran of military service, he is an advisor to NATO and for armed forces in the U.S., Europe and Australia. A specialist in military strategy and its development, he focuses his historical research on the conduct of wars, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. His most recent book, “Lawrence of Arabia on War, the Campaign in the Desert 1916-18” was recently awarded the British Army Military Book of the Year 2021.

John Kuehn

Postwar Technological Challenges for U.S. Air and Naval Power | Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 – 11 a.m. CT

Dr. John T. Kuehn is Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and recently the Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College. A veteran naval flight officer, his research focuses on operational military history with a trend towards maritime themes and the development of naval warfare theory. His latest book from Naval Institute Press is America's First General Staff: A Short History of the Rise and Fall of the General Board of the Navy, 1900-1950.

Timothy Parsons

The Impact of Empires on Africa | Saturday, Oct. 30, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. CT

Dr. Timothy Parsons is a social historian of Africa in the 20th century who holds a joint appointment as Professor of African History at Washington University in St. Louis. His current research includes the legacies and consequences of empire for East Africa, the West and the Wider World. His works include The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A World History Perspective, The African Rank-and-File: Social Implications of Colonial Military Service in the King’s African Rifles, 1902-1964 and Race, Resistance and the Boy Scout Movement in British Colonial Africa.

Jay Sexton

U.S. Foreign Policy and Constitutional Democracy | Friday, Oct. 29, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. CT

Dr. Jay Sexton is the Rich and Nancy Kinder Chair of Constitutional Democracy and Professor of History at the University of Missouri. The former Director of the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University, Dr. Sexton’s research focuses on the United States, and its economic and political relationships with the large empires of the 19th century. His most recent books are A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History explores how America’s history has been shaped by international forces and Crossing Empires: Taking U.S. History into Transimperial Terrain.

Gary Sheffield

Myths, Memory, and Meaning of WWI after the Centennial | Saturday, Oct. 30, 11 – Noon CT

Professor Gary Sheffield, Ph. D, holds the Chair of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. His past research included studies of the British Army and the way it adapted to warfare on the Western Front. He has published widely on 1914-18, including Forgotten Victory: The First World War - Myths and Realities, and Douglas Haig: From Somme to Victory. He is currently working on Civilian Armies: The Experience of British and Dominion Soldiers in the Two World Wars. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts, and the Honorary President of the Western Front Association.

Steven Trout

Battlefield of Remembrance: Art and Literature | Friday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – Noon CT

Dr. Steven Trout is a professor of English and chair of the Department of English at the University of Alabama. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the cultural representation of war. He is the author of several books, including On the Battlefield of Memory: The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919-1941, and the editor or co-editor of multiple volumes, including, most recently, Portraits of Remembrance: Painting, Memory and the First World War. Trout was also instrumental in the re-publication of John Lewis Barkley’s memoir, Scarlet Fields.

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