Washington History Seminar

A joint venture of the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the History and Public Policy Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Washington History Seminar meets each week, January to May and September to December, on Monday afternoons at 4 o’clock at the Wilson Center. It aims to facilitate understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and all places and from a variety of perspectives.

The Seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the George Washington University History Department for their support.

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Upcoming Seminars:

  • October 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    In his Gorbachev biography, William Taubman shows how a peasant boy turned into the Soviet system’s gravedigger, why the Communist regime allowed him to destroy it, why Gorbachev’s dream of democratizing the USSR foundered, how he and President Ronald Reagan turned out to be almost perfect partn...

  • October 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Sheila Miyoshi Jager on The Other Great Game: The Opening of Korea and the Birth of Modern East Asia, 1876-1905

  • November 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Krishan Kumar on Visions of Empire: How Five Imperial Regimes Shaped the World

  • November 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Jeffrey Engel on When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War

  • November 17 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

    Julia Thomas and John McNeill Wilson Center 2:30pm


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