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McMullen Naval History Symposium

Welcome to the home of U.S. Naval Academy's McMullen Naval History Symposium. The History Department at Annapolis hosts this world-renowned event biennially to highlight the latest research on naval and maritime history from academics and practitioners all over the globe. The 2021 McMullen Symposium will be held in Annapolis, Maryland, on 23-24 September 2021. Held since 1973, the symposium has been described as the "largest regular meeting of naval historians in the world" and as the U.S. Navy's "single most important interaction with [an] academic historical audience."  

Exciting Update 01 AUG 2021: 

We are excited to announce that the 2021 McMullen Naval History Symposium will be a highly-interactive, hybrid event. We are holding our traditional, in-person conference at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland on September 23-24. At the same time, we will be completely and fully virtual as well. This means that individuals who are unable to travel to Annapolis can participate in the Symposium remotely and still enjoy the entirety of the conference experience in real-time. Virtual registrants can attend all 54 panels and interact with panelists, mingle with peers and colleagues at Symposium social events, and watch the keynote lectures by Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.) and Dr. Kathleen Broome Williams, all in real-time. Please register today (no charge) to join us – either in-person or virtually or both -- for the 2021 McMullen Naval History Symposium. Questions? Please email


CALL FOR PAPERS, Naval History Symposium 2021  (Deadline 16 Feb 21)



***6/30/21 Registration is now live***  Registration Form located HERE


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Agenda: Draft Schedule of Events

Logistics (Lodging and Transportation):

Lodging:  A block of rooms have been secured at the DoubleTree Hilton Annapolis Hotel.  Visit this LINK to book directly online with the hotel at the special rate.  Or you may call the DoubleTree directly (410-224-3150) and use our group rate code ZSY.  A link to the hotel's website is here.

Transportation:  The Symposium will provide transportation on and off the Naval Academy grounds each day. Shuttles will run from the DoubleTree Annapolis hotel and the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium parking Lot A and B (Blue Side). For details on access to the Naval Academy if you do not intend to use the shuttle, visit the website of the Armel-Leftwich Visitor's Center at USNA.

Knox Award Dinner: The Naval Historical Foundation invites you to partake in a long-standing Sea Power Symposium tradition that has evolved into a banquet to honor the recipients of the Commodore Dudley W. Knox Medal recognizing a lifetime of achievement in naval history as scholars, mentors, and leaders.  On the evening of Friday Stember 24 from 6:00PM-10:00PM NHF will present the Knox Medal to former USNA Class of 1957 Chair Dr. Kathleen B. Williams, retired Coast Guard Historian Dr. Robert Browning, and noted DoD academic, Thomas Hone. NHF will also salute our 2020 recipients former Senior Historian of the Navy Dr. Michael Crawford and noted CNA analyst Captain Peter Swartz. To attend the banquet at the Doubletree Hotel, visit:

Questions should be directed to the organizing committee's email at 



2019 Naval History Symposium Schedule of Events
2017 Naval History Symposium Schedule of Events
2015 Naval History Symposium Schedule of Events
2013 Naval History Symposium Schedule of Events
2011 Naval History Symposium Schedule of Events
2009 Naval History Symposium Schedule of Events
2007 Naval History Symposium Schedule of Events



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Schedule of Events
23 Sep 2021
0700-1700 Registration (Mahan Hall)
0800-0845 Plenary Session (Mahan Hall)
0900-1045 Panels (Sampson Hall)
1130-1245 Naval History Luncheon
1300-1445 Panels (Sampson Hall)
1515-1700 Panels (Sampson Hall)
1700-1845 Museum Reception (Preble Hall)
1900-2000 McMullen Seapower Address  (Mahan Hall) 

24 Sep 2021 
0700 Registration Opens (Mahan Hall)
0800-0945 Panels (Sampson Hall)
1015-1200 Panels (Sampson Hall)
1200-1330 Lunch Break
1330-1515 Panels (Sampson Hall)
1545-1730 Panels (Sampson Hall)
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