2024 Admiral Nimitz Annual Conference

The Manhattan Project: The Beginning of the Atomic Age

Get ready for an exciting and thought-provoking experience at this year's Annual Conference hosted by the Admiral Nimitz Foundation! The theme is "The Manhattan Project: The Beginning of the Atomic Age”. Events kick off Friday evening, September 20th with a cocktail hour and a Student Poster Presentation. Saturday, September 21st speaker presentations and roundtables will be held in the Historic Nimitz Ballroom of the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas.

Our guest speakers will be focusing on the fascinating lives of the people working behind the scenes during the Manhattan Project. The four presentation topics include The Project Y Spies, No More Hiroshimas: Trauma between Science and Politics, The Girls of Atomic City: Life in a Secret City of the Manhattan Project, and Atomic Doctors: The Unique Role of the Manhattan Project Physicians.

Prepare for engaging discussions, valuable insights, and the chance to ask your burning questions to a panel of experts. Can't make it in person? Virtual tickets are also available, ensuring that you can participate from anywhere in the world!

For any additional questions, please reach out to Lauren Kornegay-Dollar, Adult Programs Coordinator at lkdollar@nimitzfoundation.org or 830-997-8600 ext 226


All who have a general to professional interest in the periods around World War II in the Pacific. We especially recommend this conference to educators, historians, and members of organizations that study these periods.


The 2024 conference will be held in person. In-person sessions will be live-streamed for online attendees, who can also participate in live Q&A.

In-Person Registration (includes access to all on-site sessions)

Please note In-Person Registration includes a light breakfast, a catered lunch, and happy hour.

  • General: $149
  • Member: $119
  • Active Duty Military: $132
  • Students/Teachers: $119
  • NMPW Museum Volunteers: $55
  • WWII Veteran: FREE

Virtual Registration (includes remote access to all sessions on Saturday, September 21, 2024)

  • General: $40
  • Members: $25
  • Active Duty: $25
  • Students/Teachers: $25
  • WWII Veteran: FREE
  • Early Bird - $29

After you purchase your ticket. If you do not receive your registration confirmation email within 24 hours of purchase, please check your junk folder before contacting conference@nimitzfoundation.org or 830-997-8600 ext. 225


The Admiral Nimitz Foundation will honor a 50 percent refund on registration fees until August 16. On August 16, no refunds will be granted. Attendees may contact Susan Kimbrell at 830-997-8600 ext. 223 to request a refund.

Speaker Information

Introductory Speaker & Moderator

Richard B. Frank is an internationally recognized leading authority on the Asia-Pacific War. He published his first book Guadalcanal in 1990. His second work, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, appeared in 1999 and has been called one of the six best books in English about World War II. Both Random House books won awards and became main selections of the History Book Club. In 2007, he completed MacArthur as part of the Palgrave Great Generals series. Besides his numerous appearances on television and radio, he was a consultant for the epic HBO miniseries, “The Pacific.” He serves on the Board of Presidential Councilors of the National World War II Museum, including a term as head of that body. The first volume of his trilogy on the Asia Pacific War 1937-1945, Tower of Skulls, published in March 2020, was a finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History 2021.

The Project Y Spies

Alan B. Carr currently serves as a Program Manager and the Senior Historian for Los Alamos National Laboratory. During his tenure as a Laboratory historian, which began in 2003, Alan has produced several publications and lectures pertaining to the Manhattan Project, nuclear testing history, and the historical evolution of LANL. He has lectured for numerous professional organizations and has been featured as a guest on many local, national, and international radio and television programs. Before coming to Los Alamos, Carr completed his graduate studies at Texas Tech University.

Franziska Seraphim 2024 Admiral Nimitz Conference Speaker

No More Hiroshimas: Trauma between Science and Politics

Franziska Seraphim teaches modern Japanese and global history at Boston College, where she also directs the Asian Studies Program. Among other courses, she teaches the Asia Pacific War as transnational history, Hiroshima in history and memory, as well as memory of World War II globally and comparatively. She is the author of War Memory and Social Politics in Japan, 1945-2005 (Harvard Asia Center, 2006), and is finishing a monograph entitled “Geographies of Justice: Japanese and German War Criminals in the Postwar World, 1940s-60s.” Her research has received funding from the SSRC, ACLS, NEH, the National Humanities Center, and other prestigious institutions. Born and raised in Germany, she holds a PhD in History from Columbia University.

The Girls of Atomic City: Life in a Secret City of the Manhattan Project

Denise Kiernan is an author, journalist, producer, and host of “CRAFT: Authors in Conversation.” Her new young reader’s book, We Gather Together: Stories of Thanksgiving from then to now, arrived September 2023, and is a companion title to the popular adult nonfiction book, We Gather Together, and children’s picture book, Giving Thanks. Her book The Last Castle was an instant New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback and was also a Wall Street Journal bestseller. She is also the author of The Girls of Atomic City, which is a New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and NPR bestseller and has been published in multiple languages. She lives in North Carolina.

Atomic Doctors: The Unique Role of the Manhattan Project Physicians

James L. Nolan, Jr. is the Washington Gladden 1859 Professor of Sociology at Williams College. His teaching and research interests fall in the general areas of law and society, culture, technology and social change, and historical comparative sociology. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Atomic Doctors: Conscience and Complicity at the Dawn of the Nuclear Age (Harvard University Press, 2020) and What They Saw in America: Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G.K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutb (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He is currently working on a book about Nagasaki. He is the recipient of several grants and awards including a Fulbright scholarship and two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. He has held visiting fellowships at Oxford University, Loughborough University, the University of Notre Dame, CUA, and Nagasaki Junshin University.

2024 Conference Poster Presentation

The National Museum of the Pacific War is inviting Undergraduate and Graduate level students to submit poster presentation ideas. These posters should represent a paper, research project or article the student is working on related to the Pacific Theater during WWII. The posters selected will be on display during the Admiral Nimitz Conference on Friday, September 20th. Student's whose poster was selected will also be invited to participate in a round table during the Conference activities on Saturday, September 21st.

Conference Poster Submission