Conference Examines Wars of the 20th Century

January 08, 2015

HONOLULU — Bringing international experts to the islands, the Global Wars in the Twentieth Century Conference is scheduled Jan. 16-17, at Hawai‘i Pacific University's Downtown Honolulu campus. Free and open to the public, the event will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, and include discussions of how our perspectives on war have been reshaped in the last century.

Topics to be covered include “War, Peace, and Nationalism,” “World War I,” “Military Infrastructure: Creation & Repercussion of Military Bases in the Pacific,” “World War II,” “World War II in Asia,” “The Cold War in Asia,” and “Perspectives on War in the Post-World War II Era.” Noted history professors and experts from Hawai‘i, New York, Germany, Vietnam, China and Japan will lead the discussions and provide diverse perspectives.

Setting an appropriate tone, participants can also choose to participate in a pre-conference tour of Pearl Harbor on Jan. 15, the location of the pivotal event that sent the U.S. into World War II. The tour is followed by an opening reception sponsored by the Hawai‘i World History Association, from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information and to confirm attendance, email HPU Professor of History Jon Davidann, Ph.D., at jdavidann@hpu.edu. A schedule is posted at www.hpu.edu/HPUEvents/HPUArchives2015/01/global-wars-conf.html.

The conference is sponsored by the HPU College of Humanities and Social Sciences and History Department, Capital Normal University School of History and Sidney Stern Memorial Trust.