Though today's symposiums can refer to any sort of conference, the term originated in ancient Greece, where toga-clad philosophers would gather to freely share ideas and kegstand techniques. Obtain more useful knowledge with today's GrouponLive deal for tickets to "Strategic Surprise: Pearl Harbor to 9/11", a symposium held September 17–18 by the The Admiral Nimitz Foundation at Fredericksburg High School in Fredericksburg. The event runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday. Students with valid ID are admitted for free. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get one general-admission ticket to both days of the event (up to a $60 value).
- For $49, you get two general-admission tickets to both days of the event (up to a $120 value).
Held shortly after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, "Strategic Surprise" sees keynote speakers evaluating the military successes and failures encountered while handling the Twin Towers tragedy. Distinguished lecturers include General Michael Hayden — former director of both the CIA and NSA — and Ambassador Henry Crumpton, a former CIA agent and counterterrorism coordinator at the U.S. Department of State. Both speakers will discuss wartime strategies and how the evolution of espionage will affect American citizens and the plots of Hollywood blockbusters. Attendees can also attend special events, such as a screening of The Day The Towers Fell at the Stagecoach Theater and several Q&A panels that address historical wartime topics, including Pearl Harbor, the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, and the Battle of Hogwarts.