Videos and Audiocasts from National History Center events.

September 30th, 2013

September 30: Ernesto Capello: Latin America Encounters Nelson Rockefeller: Imagining the Gringo Patrón in 1969

In 1969, Nelson Rockefeller embarked on four ill-fated diplomatic tours of Latin America that inspired violent clashes between the state and the street. Contemporary observers and subsequent scholars have dismissed Gov. Rockefeller’s goodwill effort as an unmitigated failure. In this presentation to the Washington History Seminar, Ernesto Capello explored recently released documents, including selections from the thousands […]

August 23rd, 2012

September 10: Rashid Khalidi on the 1967 War and the Demise of Arab Nationalism

The Washington History Seminar began its new semester on September 10 with a talk by Middle East scholar Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University. According to Khalidi, the defeat of Egypt and Syria in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war is often described as a deathblow to pan-Arabism, and it did indeed gravely undermine the regime of Gamal […]

July 19th, 2012

Wm. Roger Louis: “Skeletons in Britannia’s Closet?”

On June 20, 2012 National History Center Director Wm. Roger Louis delivered a lecture at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study. Be sure to catch Professor Louis’ talk, entitled “Skeletons in Britannia’s Closet?” here.

June 28th, 2011

Environmental History As A Way Forward

Is environmental history our best hope for the future? This question, posed by Patricia Nelson Limerick (Center for the American West) in a conversation with Christof Mauch (Rachel Carson Center), ignited plans for a more in-depth discussion about the future of the field. The resulting invitation-only workshop, which co-sponsored by the National History Center, the […]

April 26th, 2011

Paul Landau Discusses the End of Apartheid in South Africa

In the last Washington History Seminar for the semester, Paul S. Landau, historian at the University of Maryland, will discuss “South Africa and the End of Apartheid” on Monday, May 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center. Upon his release from prison, Nelson Mandela led the crowd in a rousing chant of the […]

April 19th, 2011

Don H. Doyle Explores the American International Civil War

At the next Washington History Seminar, Don H. Doyle of the University of South Carolina will explore “America’s International Civil War” on Monday, April 25 at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center. While the military contest between North and South dragged on inconclusively over four years, an equally crucial contest of diplomacy, ideology, and propaganda […]

November 24th, 2010

David Painter Examines the Relationship with Oil and World Power

At the next National History Center-Woodrow Wilson International Seminar for Scholars weekly “Washington History Seminar,” David S. Painter, Georgetown University will examine the relationship with oil and world power. His lecture, entitled “Oil and World Power” is Monday, November 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center. During the twentieth century oil was essential […]

November 17th, 2010

Philip Zelikow Reinterprets the History of U.S. Foreign Policy

Philip Zelikow, University of Virginia, is presenting at the next National History Center-Wilson Center “Washington History Seminar” on Monday, November 22 at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center. He will be discussing “Accidents and Axioms: The Curious History of U.S. Foreign Policy.” The history of U.S. foreign policy has usually been told in order to […]

October 27th, 2010

Erin Mahan Discusses Weapons of Mass Destruction

The next Washington History Seminar features Erin Mahan, Chief Historian of the U.S. Department of Defense, who will discuss “Weapons of Mass Destruction” on Monday, November 1st, at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center. After the anthrax letter attacks of 2001 and in the months leading to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the […]

September 21st, 2010

Caroline Elkins Reflects on the Mau Mau and the British Empire

Historian Caroline Elkins gives the next Washington History Seminar at the Wilson Center on Monday, September 27, discussing “Reflections on the Mau Mau and the End of Empire.” Caroline Elkins is Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University.  Her first book, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in […]