Congressional Briefings

The Center’s Congressional Briefings program aims to provide members of Congress and their staff with the historical background needed to understand the context of current legislative concerns.  It does so by bringing leading historians to Capitol Hill to provide non-partisan briefings on past events and policies that shape the issues facing Congress today.

Upcoming:

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Congressional Briefings News:

Meeting the Challenges Of Influencing Policy: April 2016

Historians on the Hill: April 2016

Roll Call Reports on Congressional Briefing: October 2015

An Update on Congressional Briefings: March 2015

The NHC Receives Mellon Grant in Support of Congressional Briefings: November 2014

Congressional Briefings Series to be Revived: April 2012

Past Congressional Briefings:

Congressional Briefing on Zika: Historic Parallels and Policy Responses: September 12, 2016

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Congressional Briefing on the History of American Drug Policy and Drug Addiction Epidemics: May 9, 2016

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Congressional Briefing on the History of Political Partisanship: January 29, 2016

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Congressional Briefing on History of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: December 4, 2015

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Congressional Briefing on History of Incarceration in the United States: October 9, 2015

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Congressional Briefing on Tax Reform in the United States: May 8, 2015

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Congressional Briefing on the Ukraine Crisis: January 23, 2015

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Congressional Briefing on Ebola and the African Health Crisis: November 17, 2014

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Congressional Briefing on Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Historical Perspective: September 12, 2014

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Congressional Briefing on Oversight of Intelligence Activities: June 9, 2014

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Congressional Briefing on Immigration Policy: April 5, 2013

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Congressional Briefing on Space Travel: June 15, 2012

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Congressional Briefing on the Great Depression: May 21, 2009

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Congressional Briefing on the Federal Role in Race and Reconstruction: March 13, 2006

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Historians on the Hill

The National History Center has launched a project known as Historians on the Hill.  We aim to identify Capitol Hill staffers who hold history degrees. The Center’s objective is to forge contacts on the Hill with staffers who might offer direct assistance with our Congressional Briefing Program.

The National History Center and its Historians on the Hill initiative are not affiliated with the National Coalition for History or the Congressional History Caucus.