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 22nd, 2014

October 27: Sino-Soviet Relations and the Dilemmas of Socialist Bloc Cooperation: Czechoslovaks in Shanghai, 1956-57

In contrast to traditional approaches to Sino-Soviet relations that focus on ideological conflict and the role of powerful personalities such as Chairman Mao and Nikita Khrushchev, Austin Jersild draws on the experiences of advisers in China in the 1950s to place the Sino-Soviet alliance and split within the broader history of socialist bloc cooperation and […]

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 […]

September 8th, 2014

September 8: Peter Finn on “The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book”

In The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book, Peter Finn and Petra Couvée bring readers intimately close to the charming, passionate, and complex artist that was Boris Pasternak. First to obtain CIA files providing concrete proof of the agency’s involvement, the authors give us a literary thriller that […]

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 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 […]