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Schmidt Symposium

March 22-23, 2019

Keynote Address

James Wright, President Emeritus, Dartmouth College



Symposium Panelists

Christian G. Appy, University of Massachusetts
Pierre Asselin, San Diego State University
Beth Bailey, University of Kansas
Gregory A. Daddis, Chapman University
Mark Atwood Lawrence, University of Texas
Edwin A. Martini, Western Michigan University
Lorena Oropeza, University of California, Davis
Sandra Scanlon, University College Dublin

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Schedule of Events

Friday, March 22, 2019

7:00 pm – Keynote Address
8:00 pm – Reception and Book Signing

Saturday, March 23, 2019

8:15 am – Breakfast Reception
9:00 am – Political and Military Panel
10:15 am – Break
10:45 am – Domestic Social and Cultural Panel
12:00 pm – Graduate Student Lunch




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Symposium events are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP to attend.

Friday Events – Business Casual
Saturday Events – Casual

Event Location

Dee J. Kelley Alumni and Visitors Center
2820 Stadium Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76129

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Parking is available in lot 6 and the LaDanian Tomlinson (Frog Alley) Parking Garage

This event has been generously funded by Teresa and Dr. David Schmidt, parents of LCpl. Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt, for whom this symposium is named. A native of San Antonio and TCU student, Benjamin joined the Marine Corps in 2008 and became a scout sniper. While stationed in Afghanistan, Benjamin decided that, after his enlistment, he would complete his education in history at TCU and then continue his studies to eventually become a professor. On October 6, 2011, Benjamin was killed in the line of duty in Helmand Province. The Schmidts created the LCpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt Professorship in War, Conflict, and Society in Twentieth-Century America at Texas Christian University in 2012 to honor their son’s legacy and his passion for history. We would like to express our gratitude to Teresa and Dr. David Schmidt for funding this event and allowing us the opportunity to discuss important themes in war, conflict, and society.

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For additional information or questions, contact the History Department
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