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.

8/6: DC-Area African American Studies Works-in-Progress Seminar

The next session of the DC-Area African American Studies Works-In-Progress Seminar will be this Saturday, 6 August, from 2-4:30 p.m., at the DC Takoma Park Library at 416 Cedar Street, NW in Washington DC. (http://dclibrary.org/takomapark)

The papers under discussion will be:

  • Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown) – “The 18 in Oakbrook: Black McDonald’s Operators and the Quest for Parity”
  • Brandi Summers (Virginia Commonwealth) – “Race, Nostalgia, and the Remaking of Washington DC’s Atlas District”

For copies of the papers or more information, please contact Jay Driskell at drjaywdriskell@gmail.com.

**Notes on location and travel:  The DC Takoma Park Library is a 5 minute walk just south of the Takoma Station on the Red Line. Please do not confuse this library with the Takoma Park library in Takoma Park, MD.   Please allow a little extra time to get there due to disruptions caused by Metro’s SafeTrak program on the Red Line this week.

Congressional Briefing: Zika: Historic Parallels and Policy Responses

The National History Center of the American Historical Association will hold a Congressional briefing on the Zika virus: historic parallels, and policy responses.  J.R. McNeill of Georgetown University and Margaret Humphreys of Duke University will discuss  the history of Zika’s mosquito vectors and the complexity of planning public health programs to counter disease-bearing mosquitoes.  Alan Kraut of American University will moderate.

The briefing will be held on Monday, September 12, from 9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2103, Washington, DC.

For more information, visit the briefing website.

RSVPs are requested.  To RSVP, please email Amanda Perry at aperry@historians.org.

7/16: DC-Area African American Studies Works-in-Progress Seminar

The next meeting of the DC-Area African American Studies Works-In-Progress Seminar is this Saturday, July 16, 2016.  The Seminar will meet from 2-3:15 pm at the Teamsters’ Archive in George Washington University’s Gelman Library, 7th floor.

The paper under discussion will be:

  • Jessica Levy (Johns Hopkins) – “Governing the ‘Black Power’ City: Leon H. Sullivan, Opportunities Industrialization Centers Inc., and the Rise of Black Empowerment”

For copies of the papers or more information, please contact Jay Driskell at drjaywdriskell@gmail.com.