The Center for Military, War, and Society Studies (CMWS) facilitates essential conversations about – and with – the U.S. military, holding national or international symposia that bring together scholars, policy makers, and members of the armed forces. We foster research on the U.S. military on the KU campus and beyond, supporting scholarship that examines the military not only as an instrument of national defense but also as a central institution in American society. We also support "War and Society" scholarship, asking how changing social and cultural factors help to shape military institutions and affect ways of waging war, how warfare and conflict affect the broader society, economy, and culture of the United States and other nations, and how war and the military are understood and represented in American life.

Upcoming Events

Military & Society Seminar Series
Hall Center for the Humanities

Pulp Vietnam: War and Gender in Men’s Adventure Magazines of the Cold War Era
Greg Daddis,Chapman University
Thursday, October 19, 3pm

Organizational Oblivion: Gendered Norms, Practices, and Policies in the Military
Alesha Doan and Shannon Portillo, School of Public Affairs & Administration, KU
Thursday, November 16, 3pm

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Gallery Lecture Series
KU Libraries

  • "At War with the New Frontier and Great Society, On the Defensive in Vietnam: Correspondence between Kansans and U.S. Representative Robert J. Dole, 1964-1968"
    Ray Mizumura-Pence, Ph.D., lecturer, Department of American Studies
    Monday, November 6, 2:30-4 p.m.
    Watson Library 3 West


Veterans in the Classroom and Beyond
Cpt. Dan Grinstead (Ret.)
Thursday, November 9, 6-9pm
Summerfield 427

Symposium “Managing Sex in the U.S. Military”
February 2018