The National History Center of the American Historical Association provides a venue in the nation's capital for all who care about the human past to make history an essential part of public conversations about current events and the shared futures of the United States and the wider world.

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Washington History Seminar

May 19th, 2015

Washington History Seminar Fall 2015 Schedule

The Washington History Seminar is pleased to announce its Fall 2015 schedule. A joint venture of the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the History and Public Policy Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Washington History Seminar meets each week, January to May and September to December, on Monday afternoons […]


May 12th, 2015

Community of Historians Brown-Bag Lunches in DC

The National History Center, in conjunction with our colleagues at the American Historical Association, invite all members of the community of historians to join us at brown-bag lunches in Washington, DC, over the summer. The first brown-bag lunch will on Thursday, May 28, at 12:30 at the outdoor table at the American Historical Association, 400 A […]

Washington History Seminar

May 12th, 2015

May 18: Kate Brown on “Bursting the Plutonium Bubble: How Utopian Communities Made Dystopian Nuclear Landscapes”

Historian Kate Brown draws on official records and dozens of interviews to tell the extraordinary stories of Richland, Washington and Ozersk, Russia – the first two cities in the world to produce plutonium. To contain secrets, American and Soviet leaders created plutopias – communities of nuclear families living in highly-subsidized, limited-access atomic cities. Brown shows […]

Washington History Seminar

May 6th, 2015

May 11: James Loeffler on “The Swastika Epidemic: Global Antisemitism and Human Rights Activism in the Cold War 1960s”

It is common knowledge today that antisemitism is on the rise today in Europe and around the world, but there is no consensus about how the global community should respond. In this talk, drawn from his forthcoming book, scholar James Loeffler offers a historical perspective on this debate by looking back on the first major […]

Washington History Seminar

April 28th, 2015

May 4: Doug Rossinow on “The Reagan Era: From a “New Cold War” to the “Washington Consensus”

During the decade of the 1980s, the foreign relations of the United States traced a surprising path from what many called a “new Cold War” with the Soviet Union to the ascendancy, by 1990, of the so-called “Washington Consensus” that governed global economics in the name of free trade and investment. Despite what some say, […]