Events Digest

MAY 2015

May 1: Early American Seminar Series 

Noeleen McIlvenna (Wright State), “Colonial Democrats.” Respondent: Lucien Holness (Maryland)

May 4: Washington History Seminar

Doug Rossinow (Metropolitan State University) on The Reagan Era: A History of the 1980s

May 7: Navigating the Blood-Dimmed Tides: Was U.S. Military Intervention in the First World War Worth the Cost?

Using his extensive background in strategy and history, Kissinger Chair Bradford Lee examines the objectives, costs, and eventual outcomes of America’s involvement in the First World War.

The talk will be held at 4:00p.m. on May 7, 2015 in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.

May 7: Jewish Consumer Cultures: An Overview of Current Research

Gideon Reuveni, Reader in History and Director of the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex, will deliver the keynote lecture as part of the conference “Jewish Consumer Cultures in 19th and 20th Century Europe and America” taking place at the German Historical Institute from May 7 to 9, 2015.

The lecture begins at 6:30 pm and will be held at the German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW (Directions). Please RSVP (acceptances only) by May 4. Tel. 202.387.3355, Fax 202.387.6437 or E-mail events@ghi-dc.org

May 7-8: 2015 U.S. Capitol Historical Society Annual Symposium “Aftermath: The Consequences of the Civil War for Congress and the Federal Government” 

The Spring 2015 annual symposium will focus on the impact of the Civil War on Congress and the Federal Government. Eight scholars will address various topics including the long range consequences for the Constitution, the economy, the federal bureaucracy, and the war’s impact on Native Americans.

The conference begins on the evening of May 7 with an opening address by Professor William E. Nelson. A reception will follow. Seven scholars will speak the following day in sessions to be held in Room G50 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.

All sessions are free and open to the public. Preregistration is recommended. Register now online or by calling 202-543-8919 x38.

May 8: Congressional Briefing on American Families, Global Competition, and Comprehensive Tax Reform in Historical Perspective

The briefing, co-sponsored by the Joint Committee on Taxation and and the National History Center, will be held at 10 a.m. on May 8 in Room 2103 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

May 8: Georgetown Institute for Global History Russian History Seminar

May 8. Nicole Eaton (Kennan Institute/Wesleyan). “Between Rehabilitation and Revenge: The Fate of Kaliningrad’s Germans, 1945-1948”

The seminar will meet on Friday, May 8, 2015 from 5:00-6:15 in Georgetown University ICC 662. Papers will be pre-circulated among participants. Light refreshments will be served. Those interested in receiving notification by email and/or participating should contact Michael David-Fox, md672@georgetown.edu.

May 11: Washington History Seminar

James Loeffler (University of Virginia) on The Sovereignty of a Higher Law?: Global Antisemitism and Jewish Politics in the 1960s

May 14: German Historical Institute Spring Lecture Series

Georg Kreis (University of Basel) will present his lecture “Freedom Against Freedom: Swiss State Security in the Cold War Era – and Beyond.” The lecture is a part of the German Historical Institute’s Spring Lecture Series Intelligence Services and Civil Liberties: Security and Privacy in Historical Perspective, which seeks to examine how democratic governments in Germany, the United States, and Switzerland have grappled with balancing the need for security and citizens’ rights.

All lectures begin at 6:30 pm (refreshments will be served from 6:00 to 6:30 pm) and will be held at the German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW. Please RSVP (acceptances only) by Tel. 202.387.3355, Fax 202.387.6437 or  E-mail.

May 18: Washington History Seminar

Kate Brown (University of Maryland Baltimore County) on Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters

May 21: Gerald D. Feldman Memorial Lecture 2015

Professor Charles S. Maier will present his lecture, “History Lived and History Written: Germany and the United States, 1945/55-2015.” Professor Maier is the Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University and a renowned expert on the history of 20th-century Europe and the United States.

The lecture begins at 6:30 pm and will be held at the German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Please RSVP (acceptances only) by May 14. Tel. 202.387.3355, Fax 202.387.6437 or  E-mail.

May 28: Community of Historians Brown-bag Lunch

The first-ever Community of Historians Brown-bag lunch will be held on Thursday, May 28 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Ice cream bars on us!

We welcome all historians to get to know their colleagues at brown-bag lunches over the summer.

May 28: National Archives Researcher Lecture

The Center for Legislative Archives will host Glenn Frankel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former G.B. Dealey Regents Professor in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. Frankel will discuss his research in the House Un-American Activities Committee records and other collections for his book project, tentatively titled The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of “High Noon.”

The lecture will be held at the National Archives Building Research Center in Room G-25 at noon on May 28.

The event is free and open to the public.

June

June 2-3: Atomic Heritage Foundation’s Manhattan Project 70th Anniversary Events

Join the Atomic Heritage Foundation in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Manhattan Project, honoring Manhattan Project veterans, and previewing the upcoming Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Events include a veterans’ reception at 2:30 PM on June 2 and a symposium on June 3.

Events will be held at the Carnegie Institute for Science at 1530 P Street NW, a few blocks from DuPont Circle.

Events are free and open to the public, but donations and registration are highly encouraged.

June 2: U.S. Capitol Historical Society Lecture & Book Signing 

Bring your lunch and join David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler as they discuss their new book Washington’s Circle: The Creation of the President. David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler have co-authored numerous books and articles on American history from the Early Republic to the Civil War, most recently the biography Henry Clay: The Essential American (2010).

The lecture will be held at noon on Tuesday, June 2 in Ketchum Hall, 200 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002.

This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested.

June 4: German Historical Institute Keynote Lecture: Race and Place in the Age of Space

This keynote lecture is part of the conference “The US South in the Black Atlantic: Transnational Histories of the Jim Crow South Since 1865” taking place at the GHI from June 4 to 6, 2015. Lecturer Brenda Gayle Plummer teaches in the departments of History and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The lecture will take place at the German Historical Institute at 1607 New Hampshire Ave NW.

Please RSVP (acceptances only) by May 28. RSVP by phone (202.387.3355) or email at events@ghi-dc.org.

June 4: German Historical Institute Spring Lecture Series

This lecture is a part of the German Historical Institute’s Spring Lecture Series 2015 Intelligence Services and Civil Liberties: Security and Privacy in Historical Perspective. Loch K. Johnson (University of Georgia) will speak on “Security, Privacy, and the German-American Relationship.”

All lectures begin at 6:30 pm and will be held at the German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Please RSVP (acceptances only) by Tel. 202.387.3355, Fax 202.387.6437 or  E-mail.

June 11: #Scholarfest

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of The John W. Kluge Center, the Kluge Center hosts the first-ever #ScholarFest. More than 70 top scholars in the humanities and social sciences–all former residents at the Kluge Center–will convene on Capitol Hill for a series of scholarly conversations on matters of importance to academia, the policy community, and the general public.

The June 11 symposium will run from 9 AM to 4:30 PM and will be held in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress. It is open to the public. RSVP to SpecialEvents@loc.gov.

June 12: Community of Historians Brown-bag Lunch

We welcome all historians to get to know their colleagues at brown-bag lunches over the summer.

The lunch will be held on Friday, June 12 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

June 23: “Punctuating Happiness:” National Archives Conference on the Declaration of Independence

The National Archives (in conjunction with the Institute for Advanced Study) is hosting a conference on the Declaration of Independence. The conference will explore the National Archives’ preservation work on the Declaration and the Declaration’s cultural and educational role in the United States.

The event will take place on  June 23rd from 9:15 AM to 4:15 PM at the National Archives (700 Pennsylvania Ave NW).

The conference is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. The event will also be live-streamed on the National Archives YouTube channel.

July

July 10: Community of Historians Brown-bag Lunch

We welcome all historians to get to know their colleagues at brown-bag lunches over the summer.

The lunch will be held on Friday, July 10 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

July 15: Decolonization Seminar Public Lecture

The first public lecture of the 2015 International Decolonization Seminar will be held on Wednesday, July 15 at 4 pm at the Library of Congress. Todd Shepard (Johns Hopkins University) will speak.

July 22: Decolonization Seminar Public Lecture

The second public lecture of the 2015 International Decolonization Seminar will be held on Wednesday, July 22 at 4 pm at the Library of Congress. Jordanna Bailkin (University of Washington) will speak.

August

August 21: Community of Historians Brown-bag Lunch

We welcome all historians to get to know their colleagues at brown-bag lunches over the summer.

The  lunch will be held on Friday, August 21 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.


 

To list events, please email Dr. Amanda Moniz at amoniz@historians.org.