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Washington History Seminar

September 16th, 2014

September 22: Malcolm Byrne on “Lessons of Iran-Contra: Behind the Scenes of Ronald Reagan’s Iran Gambit, 1985-86″

Based on intensive research into once-classified records, as well as interviews and other accounts from Americans, Iranians and Israelis, Malcolm Byrne’s new book Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power (University Press of Kansas) reexamines the policies and attitudes that constituted the Iran-Contra affair.  In this talk, the author will revisit the […]

Washington History Seminar

September 11th, 2014

September 15: Lisa Leff on “The Archive Thief: Zosa Szajkowski and the Salvaging of French Jewish History”

In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish historian Zosa Szajkowski stole tens of thousands of documents about Jews from French archives and sold them to libraries in the United States. To understand why he did it, Leff takes us into the “backstage” of the archives, and reveals the powerful ideological, economic and scientific forces that […]

Congressional Briefings

September 8th, 2014

September 8: Peter Finn on “The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book”

In The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, Peter Finn and Petra Couvée bring readers intimately close to the charming, passionate, and complex artist that was Boris Pasternak. First to obtain CIA files providing concrete proof of the agency’s involvement, the authors give us a literary thriller that […]

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

August 20th, 2014

September 20: DC-Area African American Studies Works-In-Progress Seminar

The next DC-Area African American Studies Works-In-Progress Seminar will meet on Saturday, 20 Sept 2014 from 2-5 pm, at the University of Maryland, Susquehanna Hall, Room 2112.  The seminar will discuss the two pre-circulated papers listed below. Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown University), “Getting down with McDonald’s: Race and Fast Food in America,” and Eric Arnesen (George Washington University), […]

Washington History Seminar

August 15th, 2014

Washington History Seminar Fall 2014 Schedule

The National History Center of the American Historical Association is pleased to announce the Fall 2014 schedule for the Washington History Seminar. A joint venture of the National History Center and the Wilson Center, with support from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), the seminar is co-directed by Eric Arnesen of George Washington University and […]