Congressional Briefings

The National History Center’s Congressional Briefings are designed to provide historical context and perspective on current issues for policy makers and members of their staff. The speakers reflect upon historical events and developments that have influenced the evolution of current policies and provide knowledge pertinent to the consideration of policy alternatives.

January 9th, 2015

January 23: Congressional Briefing on the Ukraine Crisis

The National History Center of the American Historical Association will hold a Congressional briefing on Friday, January 23 on the Ukraine crisis in historical perspective.  Professor Timothy Snyder of Yale University and Professor Mark Von Hagen of Arizona State University will discuss the historical roots of the current Ukrainian-Russian war and its larger regional implications.  Professor Dane […]

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 […]

August 14th, 2014

September 12: Congressional Briefing on Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Historical Perspective

The National History Center of the American Historical Association will be presenting a Congressional briefing on immigrant entrepreneurship in historical perspective.  The briefing will be held on September 12, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Dirksen G-11. Dr. Hartmut Berghoff, Director of the German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington, DC, and Professor of […]

August 13th, 2014

C-SPAN Airs NHC Congressional Briefing on Oversight of Intelligence Activities

The National History Center of the American Historical Association held a Congressional Briefing on Oversight of Intelligence Activities on Monday, June 9, 2014.  The program was filmed by C-SPAN and is now available from C-SPAN’s Video Library at Congressional Oversight on Intelligence Activities-C-Span. The briefing was conducted by Laura Donohue, director of Georgetown University’s Center […]

May 27th, 2014

June 9: Congressional Briefing on Legislative Branch Oversight of Intelligence Activities

The National History Center of the American Historical Association will be presenting a Congressional briefing on the history of Congress’s relationship with the intelligence community.  The briefing will be held on June 9, 2014, at 10:00 a a.m. in Room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building.  Professors Laura Donohue of Georgetown Law School and […]

May 1st, 2014

June 9: Congressional Briefing on Intelligence

The National History Center of the American Historical Association will be presenting a Congressional briefing on the history of Congress’s relationship with the intelligence community.  The briefing will be held on June 9, 2014, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 121 of the Cannon House Office Building.  Professors Laura Donohue of Georgetown Law School and Mark […]

May 11th, 2013

C-SPAN Airs NHC Congressional Briefing on Immigration

C-SPAN 3’s American History TV aired the National History Center’s Congressional Briefing, Historical Perspectives on Congress and Immigration Policy, at 5:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. EDT Sunday, May 12, and at 1:45 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 13. The program is now available from C-SPAN’s Video Library at Congressional Briefing on Immigration – C-SPAN. A […]

April 4th, 2013

April 5: Congressional Briefing on Immigration

The National History Center of the American Historical Association presented a Congressional Briefing on the Congress’s historical role in immigration policy from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 5, in Room 2325 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Professors Tyler Anbinder of George Washington University, Alan Kraut of American University, and Mae Ngai of […]

August 6th, 2012

Congressional Briefing on C-SPAN’s American History TV (links)

Thank you to all who were able to attend the National History Center’s Congressional Briefing: Commercialization of Space Travel! In case you weren’t able to make it in person or if you missed the airing of the Congressional Briefing on C-SPAN3’s American History TV, below are links to videos and documents from the briefing. Watch […]

June 26th, 2012

Congressional Briefing on Spaceflight

The National History Center hosted a Congressional Briefing on the commercialization of space travel and human participation in space exploration on Friday, June 15 in Rayburn House Office Building 2325 – informally known as the building’s “space room” for the final frontier-inspired photographs that line its walls. Though especially designed to help Congressional staff, the […]