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Washington History Seminar

January 27th, 2015

February 2: Pawel Machcewicz: Poland’s War on Radio Free Europe

For the Soviet bloc, the struggle against foreign radio was one of the principal fronts in the Cold War. Poland was at the fore-front of this war, relentlessly conducting, since the early 1950s until the collapse of the Communism, political, propaganda and intelligence operations against Radio Free Europe, regarded as the most dangerous enemy among […]

DC-Area African American Studies Works-In-Progress Seminar

January 23rd, 2015

February 7: DC-Area African American Studies Works-in-Progress Seminar

The next meeting of the DC-Area African American Studies Works-In-Progress Seminar will be on Saturday, 7 Feb 2015 from 2-5 pm at the Teamsters’ Archive in George Washington University’s Gellman Library, 7th floor. The seminar will discuss the two pre-circulated papers listed below. Hoda Zaki (Hood College): “The Afro-Asian Roots of Nonviolence in the U.S. Civil […]

Washington History Seminar

January 20th, 2015

CANCELLED: January 26: Kathy Peiss on “Bookmen at War: Libraries, Intelligence, and Cultural Policy in World War II”

The Monuments Men have been justly celebrated for their rescue of art treasures in World War II. The focus on individual heroism, however, obscures the larger impact of the war on modern policies and practices toward information, knowledge, and culture. Kathy Peiss explores the role of librarians, collectors, and intelligence agents to explain why and […]

Congressional Briefings

January 9th, 2015

January 23: Congressional Briefing on the Ukraine Crisis

The National History Center of the American Historical Association will hold a Congressional briefing on Friday, January 23 on the Ukraine crisis in historical perspective.  Professor Timothy Snyder of Yale University and Professor Mark Von Hagen of Arizona State University will discuss the historical roots of the current Ukrainian-Russian war and its larger regional implications.  Professor Dane […]

Washington History Seminar

January 8th, 2015

January 12: Robyn Muncy on “Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and the Persistence of Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America”

In November 1938, delegates from more than 40 national labor organizations convened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to form the Congress of Industrial Organizations. On the fourth day of the jubilant proceedings, a representative of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) rose to the podium and introduced “the greatest woman of our time” and the “most […]