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Washington History Seminar

December 10th, 2014

December 15: Suzy Kim on “Modern Times in North Korea: Scenes from its Founding Years, 1945-1950″

North Korea is often portrayed in mainstream media as a backward place, a Stalinist relic without a history worth knowing. But during its founding years (1945-1950), North Korea experienced a radical social revolution when everyday life became the primary site of political struggle, including quite deliberately a feminist agenda. With historical comparisons to revolutions in […]

Washington History Seminar

December 3rd, 2014

December 8: Sarah Snyder on “Human Rights before Carter”

Underlying much of the writing on United States foreign relations is the conviction that human rights were of limited consequence in policymaking during the 1960s and the early 1970s.  Sarah Snyder’s current research, however, shows that efforts to emphasize human rights began in the 1960s, driven by nonstate and lower-level actors and facilitating the issue’s […]

Washington History Seminar

November 25th, 2014

December 1: David Chappell on “Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King”

Exaggerated accounts of urban violence after Martin Luther King’s assassination, David Chappell will argue, have long obscured national reactions of far greater significance.  Most important was the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which had been hopelessly stalled in Congress since 1966.  Both opponents and supporters of the Act said its passage was a response to […]

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

November 19th, 2014

November 22: DC-Area African American Studies Works-in-Progress Seminar

The next DC-Area African American Studies Works-In-Progress Seminar will meet on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 2-5pm, at the University of Maryland, Susquehanna Hall, Room 2112.  The seminar will discuss the two pre-circulated papers listed below. Psyche Williams-Forson (University of Maryland), “Judge Not…and other Edicts of Common Sense: The Politics of Good Food/Bad Food in African […]

Washington History Seminar

November 12th, 2014

November 17: Andrew O’Shaughnessy on “The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary World, and the Fate of Empire”

Britain seemingly should have won the Revolutionary War.  Its failure to do so is commonly assumed to be due to the incompetence of commanders and the politicians who are ridiculed in fiction and in movies.  Although less crudely presented, such caricatures even permeate scholarly literature.  The talk will challenge the stereotypes and offer a very […]