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Washington History Seminar

November 25th, 2014

December 1: David Chappell on “Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King”

Exaggerated accounts of urban violence after Martin Luther King’s assassination, David Chappell will argue, have long obscured national reactions of far greater significance.  Most important was the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which had been hopelessly stalled in Congress since 1966.  Both opponents and supporters of the Act said its passage was a response to […]

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

November 19th, 2014

November 22: DC-Area African American Studies Works-in-Progress Seminar

The next DC-Area African American Studies Works-In-Progress Seminar will meet on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 2-5pm, at the University of Maryland, Susquehanna Hall, Room 2112.  The seminar will discuss the two pre-circulated papers listed below. Psyche Williams-Forson (University of Maryland), “Judge Not…and other Edicts of Common Sense: The Politics of Good Food/Bad Food in African […]

Washington History Seminar

November 12th, 2014

November 17: Andrew O’Shaughnessy on “The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary World, and the Fate of Empire”

Britain seemingly should have won the Revolutionary War.  Its failure to do so is commonly assumed to be due to the incompetence of commanders and the politicians who are ridiculed in fiction and in movies.  Although less crudely presented, such caricatures even permeate scholarly literature.  The talk will challenge the stereotypes and offer a very […]

Washington History Seminar

October 29th, 2014

November 3: Ken Hughes on “Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate”

Forty years after Watergate forced Richard Nixon to resign, Americans still ask why he launched the cover-up that destroyed his presidency. If he hadn’t, he would have lost the presidency much faster, according to Ken Hughes of UVA’s Miller Center. Hughes traces the origins of Watergate back to the final days of the 1968 presidential […]

Congressional Briefings

October 22nd, 2014

October 27: Sino-Soviet Relations and the Dilemmas of Socialist Bloc Cooperation: Czechoslovaks in Shanghai, 1956-57

In contrast to traditional approaches to Sino-Soviet relations that focus on ideological conflict and the role of powerful personalities such as Chairman Mao and Nikita Khrushchev, Austin Jersild draws on the experiences of advisers in China in the 1950s to place the Sino-Soviet alliance and split within the broader history of socialist bloc cooperation and […]