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.

12/3: DC African American Studies Seminar

The next meeting of the DC-Area African American Studies Seminar will be on December 3 at George Washington University’s Gelman Library from 2:00-3:15 pm.

The seminar will be discussing the following paper:

Natanya Duncan (LeHigh University) – ” White in Color Only: The Poems of Ethel Trew Dunlap”

For copies of the paper or more information, email Jay Driskell at drjaywdriskell@gmail.com.

12/5: Jeremy Friedman on “Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World”

The Cold War is often seen as a bilateral US-Soviet conflict, but Jeremy Friedman argues that the Sino-Soviet split was deeply consequential for the fate of Asia, Africa, and Latin America as well for the adherents of the left worldwide. While the Soviets prioritized the replacement of capitalism by socialism, the Chinese instead saw the defeat of imperialism as the primary revolutionary objective. Coming in the wake of decolonization, the Sino-Soviet clash became the geopolitical vehicle for the new nations of the Global South to alter the Second World’s revolutionary agenda.

Jeremy Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Previously he was the Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale, after receiving his Ph.D. from Princeton in 2011. In addition to Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World (UNC Press, 2015), he has published articles in Cold War History and Modern China Studies. His current project, “Modelling Revolution: Constructing Third World Socialisms,” looks at the attempt to find a workable model of socialism for developing countries.

4:00pm – 5:30pm
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support.

11/28: Nicole Hemmer on “Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics”

Most Americans trace the origins of conservative media to the rise of Rush Limbaugh and Fox News in the 1980s and 1990s. But Nicole Hemmer argues it started much earlier, in the 1940s and 1950s, when activists working in media emerged as leaders of the American conservative movement. She contends that these media activists not only started an array of enterprises, from publishing houses to radio programs to magazines, they also built the movement — with lasting consequences for American politics and media.

Nicole Hemmer is an assistant professor at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. Her new book is Messengers of the Right, Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics. She is a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report and a syndicated columnist for The Age in Melbourne, Australia. She has written for numerous national and international publications, including the New York Times, Atlantic, New Republic, Politico, and Vox, and co-hosts and produces the Past Present podcast.

4:00pm – 5:30pm
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Moynihan Boardroom

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support.