The John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series


In partnership with the Command and General Staff College Foundation, the Museum is proud to host the John J. Pershing Great War Centennial Series. Featuring distinguished CGSC Department of Military History lecturers, this series fosters understanding of the world-changing conflict and its impact on the law, international policy, and culture of today.


Thursday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. — Lawfare

The law and warfare have always been intertwined, but never has the connection between the two been so codified and radically changed as during World War I. Join Mark Hull as he discusses how the war and its aftermath shattered the traditional legal abyss that divided supreme sovereign authority and the soldier pulling the trigger, opening the door for our modern war crime trials. In partnership with Command and General Staff College Foundation. Cash Bar/Small plates available. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium


Tuesday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. — Giant with Feet of Clay: The U.S. Army Enters WWI

At the centenary of United States’ entry in to World War I, join noted and invigorating lecturer, Dr. Richard S. Faulkner, for an examination of how the U.S. Army met the myriad of difficulties presented in entering the fray in the Great War and the country’s effectiveness as a fighting force. The John J. Pershing Lecture Series is presented in partnership with the Command and General Staff College Foundation. Cash Bar/Small plates available. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium


Tuesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. — Leadership and the French Mutinies of 1917

Beginning in late May 1917, open mutiny swept through much of the French Army. Dr. Ethan Rafuse shares the remarkable feat of personal leadership of Henri Petain to restore discipline to the French Army and how this military uprising reflected deeper divisions in French society in 1917 and its enduring effect on France's history for decades to come. The John J. Pershing Lecture Series is presented in partnership with the Command and General Staff College Foundation. Cash Bar/Small plates available. FREE with RSVP | J.C. Nichols Auditorium