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.

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 13th, 2014

May 19: FDR, the Jews, and the Holocaust: Resolving the Controversy

Nearly seventy-five years after World War II, scholars hotly despite whether FDR was a hero of the Jews or a bystander or worse to the Nazi’s persecution and slaughter of Jews. In this talk Lichtman will draw upon the findings of his prize-winning book, FDR and the Jews (co-authored with Richard Breitman), to resolve the […]

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 […]

June 13th, 2012

Friday, June 15: Congressional Briefings are back!

The National History Center will host a Congressional Briefing on commercialization of space travel and human participation in space exploration on Friday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Rayburn House Office Building 2325. Though especially designed to help Congressional staff, the briefing is open to the public. Roger D. Launius of the […]

October 9th, 2009

Alan Brinkley Gives A Congressional Briefing on the Great Depression

Professor Alan Brinkley, Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, gave a briefing to Members of Congress and their staff in May, 2009.  He spoke on the relevance of the Great Depression to today’s current economic situation, Roosevelt’s actions to stimulate the economy in the 1930s, and the recovery that took place. This is part […]

May 14th, 2009

Congressional Briefing on the Great Depression

The National History Center is hosting another congressional briefing for the Congress and its staff on “The Great Depression: 
Then and Now” with Professor Alan Brinkley, the Provost and Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University in New York. The briefing, open to the public, will take place on Thursday, May 21, 2009 2:30 […]