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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 […]

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

October 21st, 2014

October 25: DC-Area African American Studies Works-in-Progress Seminar

The next DC-Area African American Studies Works-In-Progress Seminar will meet on  Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 from 2-5 pm. at the University of Maryland – College Park, Taliaferro Hall, Room 2108.  The seminar will discuss the two pre-circulated papers listed below. Claire Raymond, “Ghosts of Zora Neale Hurston:Surface and Depth in Carrie Mae Weems’s Louisiana Project.” Robert Bland, “‘Like a Miniature […]

Washington History Seminar

October 14th, 2014

October 20: Gregory Domber on “Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the Moderates who Ended the Cold War”

Triumphalist accounts of the end of the Cold War point to Poland as a central example of the Reagan administration’s successful strategy to undermine Communist power. Based on significant new international research, Domber reassesses the nature of Western influence on the end of the Cold War, highlighting where Soviet reforms created space for change in […]

Congressional Briefings

October 8th, 2014

November 17: Congressional Briefing on Ebola and the African Health Crisis

The National History Center of the American Historical Association will hold a Congressional briefing on November 17 on Ebola and the African health crisis in historical perspective.  As Ebola tears through West African countries, spreading more rapidly than efforts to contain it, it is important to recognize that Ebola is a symptom of a much […]

Washington History Seminar

October 1st, 2014

October 6: Nathan Connolly on “A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida”

In A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida, N. D. B. Connolly explores the history of real estate development and political power by offering an unprecedented look at the complexities of property ownership during the early and mid-twentieth century. Connolly argues that black and white property owners, in […]