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Military Frontiers: A Graduate Symposium
Military Frontiers: A Graduate Symposium
Friday, May 15, 2009, 09:30am - 07:00pm
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201

Robert Clemm







Sarah Douglass







parker








Peter Mansoor





Organizers

Robert Clemm, Sarah Douglas, Geoffrey Parker, and Peter Mansoor, Department of History

 

Overview

Military Frontiers: A Graduate Symposium brings together leading graduate students engaged in national academic debate within military history.  The conference seeks to revive discussions of the successful "Theatrum Militarum" graduate conference held at Ohio State in the 1990s.

This year, discussion will focus on issues raised by emerging scholars of the "Great War."  Panelists will present on the role the United States played in providing humanitarian relief from 1914-1924 in response to war sufferings, the American military identity as presented in uncensored war testimonies gathered during the Great War, and the impact of changing military technology on leadership development of the United States military during the 20th century.

Students of military and diplomatic history, and specialists in military studies, are encouraged to attend Military Frontiers.  The symposium will examine themes on ethical and legal issues of armed conflict; ways in which war affects and is affected by race and gender; and links between war, science, and technology. 

 

Schedule 

Friday, May 15, 2009

9 - 9:30 a.m. – Coffee and Pastries

9:30 - 9:45 a.m. – Opening Remarks

Robert Clemm, The Ohio State University

Sarah Douglas, The Ohio State University

9:45 - 10:30 a.m. – Morning Address

Peter Mansoor, Raymond E. Mason Jr. Chair in Military History, The Ohio State University, "Clio Ignored: The Failure to Learn from Military History"

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Morning Session

Commentator: John Guilmartin, Professor of History, The Ohio State University

Captain Mark Hagerott, University of Maryland, "Learning to Command Men and Machines: Technology, Education, and the Transformation of the Naval Profession, 1899-1975"

Commentator: Jon Sumida, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland

John Winters, The Ohio State University, "They Did Well: British Battleship Development in the Royal Navy, 1889-1904"

12 - 1 p.m. – Lunch

1 - 2 p.m. – Keynote Address

Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize winning author and former Washington Post correspondent, "Writing the Liberation Trilogy"

2 - 3:30 p.m. – Afternoon Session One

Commentator: Geoffrey Parker, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History, The Ohio State University

Glenn F. Williams, University of Maryland, "Dunmore’s War: No Other Motive Than the True Interest of This Country"

Commentator: Jon Sumida, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland

Kate Epstein, The Ohio State University, "British and American Application of the Gyroscope to the Whitehead Torpedo, 1896-1902: History, Comparison, Sources"

3:30 - 4 p.m. – Break

4 - 5:30 p.m. – Afternoon Session Two

Commentator: Jennifer Siegel, Associate Professor of History, The Ohio State University

Branden Little, University of California, Berkeley, "Band of Crusaders: American Humanitarians, the Great War, and the Remaking of the World"

Commentator: Leonard Smith, Frederick B. Artz Professor of History, Oberlin College

Edward Gutiérrez, The Ohio State University, "'Sherman was Right': The Experience of AEF Soldiers in the Great War"

5:30 - 5:40 p.m. – Closing Remarks

Robert Clemm and Sarah Douglas

5:40 - 7 p.m. – Free Time 

Transportation back to hotel will be provided by Ohio State graduate students

 

Sponsors

This conference is co-sponsored by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, College of Humanities, Department of History, and Coca-Cola.

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