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Washington History Seminar

October 29th, 2014

November 3: Ken Hughes on “Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate”

Forty years after Watergate forced Richard Nixon to resign, Americans still ask why he launched the cover-up that destroyed his presidency. If he hadn’t, he would have lost the presidency much faster, according to Ken Hughes of UVA’s Miller Center. Hughes traces the origins of Watergate back to the final days of the 1968 presidential […]

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 […]