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 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 […]

May 20th, 2008

A History of Radical Islam Before and After 9/11

On Friday, May 9, 2008, Professor John O. Voll, professor of Islamic history and associate director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, addressed the history of the radicalization of Islam and discussed how it changed after September 11, 2001. Voll graduated from Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D. […]

February 13th, 2008

Lincoln and Habeas Corpus: A Historical Perspective

Speaker: James M. McPherson James M. McPherson is Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton University. He discussed the writ of habeas corpus under President Lincoln during the Civil War and the cause and effects on society during its suspension. Professor McPherson earned a B.A. in history from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Ph.D. in history […]

April 27th, 2007

Historical Perspectives on Climate Change

The briefing featured Professor James Rodger Fleming, Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Colby College, Maine. He currently holds the Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Environmental Stewardship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where he is […]