The United States in World War I: A Symposium Commemorating the Centennial of the Great War
177 North Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
In this year of the centennial of the armistice of November 11, 1918, ending the First World War on the Western Front, this symposium takes a multi-layered approach to the history of the United States during and after the conflict. The panelists are experts in their respective fields, and the sessions are designed to inform and stimulate audience discussion. We hope to make this the most substantive event during the Centennial in the State of Georgia.
The symposium will open with a welcome from an esteemed member of the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission followed by a presentation on U.S. entry into the war in April 1917. Two morning sessions follow. The first focuses on the United States “Over Here” and presents an unusual multi-level approach to the topic, with presentations on the nation, state (Georgia), and city (Atlanta) as a prelude to discussion. The second session concentrates on technology and public health, with presentations on battlefield and aviation technologies, transport and logistics, with the significant addition of public health “Over Here” in the United States and “Over There” in Western Europe.
After a luncheon break, the symposium resumes with an afternoon session on the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) “Over There” in Europe. A presentation focusing on the American soldiers, the “Doughboys,” and their war on the Western Front at the tactical level precedes a second on the strategic alliance of the primary Entente Powers Great Britain France, and Italy, and their Associated Power, the United States. The symposium concludes with a panel on the topic “1919 and Beyond” comprising individual panelists from earlier sessions engaging in an “open mike” discussion with the audience.
The symposium will be held in the Gordy Room of the Wardlaw Building at Georgia Tech. This is an excellent venue that would include a sit-down lunch and displays and artifacts from World War I.
8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:15 Welcome and Opening (M. Seefried)
8:30-8:55 April 1917 (M. Salomone)
9:00-10:15 “Over Here” (United States home front) (J. Morrow, Chair)
Nation (J. Morrow)
Georgia (P. Hudson, M. Mirza)
Atlanta (J. Darsey)
10:30-12:00 Technology and Public Health “Over Here” and “Over There”
(S. Goodman, Chair)
Battlefield Technologies (R. Faulkner)
Aviation (J. Morrow)
Medicine and Public Health (M. Moran)
Transport and Logistics (S. Goodman)
1:00-2:30 “Over There” (US. Forces in Europe) (Morrow. Chair)
Doughboys and Tactical (R. Faulkner)
Strategic and Alliance (P. Breedlove, D. Woodcock)
2:45-4:30 1919+ (Panel, each member making 5-10 min opening statements)
Goodman (Chair), Breedlove, Morrow, and two others
Conclude with open mike with the audience
General Philip Breedlove is Distinguished Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. Before joining Georgia Tech, General Breedlove had been Supreme Allied Commander Europe (NATO).
Jonathan Darsey is a PhD student, the Sam Nunn School. He was formerly Associate Dean for the Executive MBA Programs at the Gouizueta School of Business, Emory University.
Dr. Richard Faulkner is the William A. Stofft Professor and Chair of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. The Organization of American Historians has just awarded the Richard W. Leopold Prize to Prof. Faulkner, for his book Pershing’s Crusaders.
Dr. Paul Hudson is a Professor of History. Georgia State University Perimeter College, and Member of the History Advisory Committee, Georgia World War I Centennial Commission.
Melora Pond Mirza is Professor of Library Services (ret.) at the Georgia State University Perimeter College, and Member of the History Advisory Committee, Georgia World War I Centennial Commission.
Dr. Martin Moran, MD, retired prominent Atlanta physician. Formerly President of the Medical Association of Atlanta, President of the Staff of the Scottish Rite Hospital, and editor of the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia.
Dr. Michael Salomone is Professor of International Affairs and Associate Chair in the Sam Nunn School.
Dr. Monique Seefried is a Commissioner on the United States World War I Centennial Commission. She is president of the Croix Rouge Farm Memorial Foundation and oversaw their purchase and preservation of a World War I battlefield in France.
William Woodcock is a PhD student in History at Auburn University. Among the positions he held before retirement at a colonel in the USAF was that of Dean of Academics, NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.
Professors Goodman and Morrow make up the program committee.
Seymour E. Goodman is Regents’ Professor, Professor of International Affairs and Computing, and Adjunct Professor of History at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
His research interests include international technological development and related public policy issues; the study of the global diffusion of the Internet, the security of national and international infrastructures, and the impact of technologies on the conduct and outcomes of large-scale conflicts. Over the last 50 years, more than 20 private and public sponsors have funded his work and programs. Prof. Goodman has served on many academic and government, advisory, study, and editorial committees, and has pursued his interests on all seven continents and about 100 countries. He is Co-Director of the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy, Director Emeritus of the Sam Nunn Security Program, and a lifetime National Affiliate of the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Before coming to Georgia Tech he held various positions at the University of Virginia (applied mathematics, computer science, Soviet and East European studies), Princeton University (mathematics, public and international affairs), the University of Chicago (economics), the University of Arizona (MIS, Middle Eastern studies, Russian and Soviet studies), and Stanford University where he was director of the Consortium for Research in Information Security and Policy at the Center for International Security and Cooperation. As an undergraduate at Columbia University, he studied civil engineering, mathematics, and city planning. He earned his PhD from the California Institute of Technology where he worked on problems of mathematical physics.
John H. Morrow, Jr. (BA with Honors, Swarthmore College; Ph.D. in History, The University of Pennsylvania), is Franklin Professor at the University of Georgia specializing in the history of modern Europe and of warfare and society. His three books on military aviation in World War I, culminating in The Great War in the Air: Military Aviation from 1909 to 1921 (1993 ) remains the standard works in the field. His work, The Great War: An Imperial History (2004 ) was the first contemporary history to approach World War I from a global and imperial perspective, while his co-authored book, Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War (2014), is considered the definitive work on the famed African-American 369th Infantry Regiment. Morrow wrote the American Historical Association’s monograph on the World Wars (2011) and contributed chapters to the prestigious Oxford and Cambridge histories of the First World War. He is a member of the Georgia World War I Centennial Commission and an academic advisor to the national Commission, and he serves as a Presidential Counselor at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans and a consultant to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
The event is sponsored by the Center for International Strategy, Technology, and Policy in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Georgia Humanities, the Georgia WWI Centenial Commission, Colonel Leslie Callahan Memorial, and the Willson Center.
Visitor parking is available in Lot 1.