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Decolonization Seminar

June 9th, 2015

Announcing the 2015 Decolonization Public Lectures

We are pleased to announce the 2015 Decolonization Public Lectures. These lectures are a part of the International Seminar on Decolonization, which is organized by the National History Center, hosted by the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the summer of 2015. Both lectures […]

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

June 2nd, 2015

June 17 and August 5: DC-Area African American Studies Works-in-Progress Seminar

The next DC-Area African American Studies Works-In-Progress Seminar will meet on Wednesday, June 17 and Wednesday, August 5, 2015, from 2-5pm.  The June meeting will take place at a new location, the DC Takoma Park Library at 416 Cedar Street, NW in Washington DC.  It is a 5 minute walk just south of the Takoma Station on […]

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 […]