Events Digest


October 2: Kennan Institute Scholar Seminars

Nicole Eaton, “Kaliningrad’s German Problem: The Second World War, the Legacy of Fascism, and the Meaning of Soviet Socialism 1945-1948.”

(Please rsvp to if you plan to attend)

October 3: The Kennan Diaries

Frank Costigliola, University of Connecticut. The Kennan Diaries reveal the personal life and the political, philosophical, and spiritual concerns of America’s most noted diplomat and foreign policy strategist, George F. Kennan.

(Please rsvp here)

October 8: Slavery, Memory, and African Diaspora Seminar Series

David Sartorius, Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland, “Safe Travels: Passports and the Illegal Slave Trade in Nineteenth-Century Cuba”

(Attendants must contact Dr. Ana Araujo at to receive paper that will be discussed)

October 10: History and Public Policy Program

Film Screening: “Liberty Train, Next Stop Freedom”

October 11: African American History at Arlington Program

Join us for a special day/evening program commemorating African American history on the Arlington Plantation. Explore the site from the perspective of those who lived and worked as the “property” of the Custis/Lee family while maintaining a vibrant and independent culture of their own.

For a detailed schedule, questions, and the RSVP, contact

October 17: Early American Seminar Series 

Justin Roberts (Dalhousie), “Surrendering Surinam, The Politics of Barbadian Expansion and the Early English Atlantic, 1650-1675.” Respondent: Christian Koot (Towson)

October 23: National Archives Researcher Talk Series

David Kieran, Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Skidmore College, Vietnam in American Public Memory

(Please check NARA’s calendar in October for link to the event)

October 23: Richard G. Hewlett Lecture and Dinner

Anthony S. Pitch, The Joys of Researching A Work of Non-Fiction

If you have any problems registering, please send an email at

October 24: Early Modern History Seminar Series

Jessica Krug, Assistant Professor of History at the George Washington University, “Fugitive Modernities, Spirit Biographies and the Trans-Atlantic Politics of Reputation: Angola and the Americas in the Seventeenth Century”

October 24-25: Knowing Nature at University of Maryland, College Park

Knowing Nature is free and open to the public. Please REGISTER so that we may establish temporary access to wireless networks for campus guests, make accurate catering arrangements, and set up facilities to accommodate the group.

Send inquiries to

October 24: Russian History Seminar

This coming Friday, Oct. 24 at 4 pm in Mortara Center Conference Room (3600 N Street, N.W., corner of 36 and N, NW Professor Timothy Snyder of Yale will present a paper on “Double Occupations.” This is a chapter from his forthcoming book, “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning.”

Professor Snyder has referred to an “electronic embargo” of the text by his publisher and asked that recipients receive hard copies. All Georgetown participants can pick up a hard copy during business hours at the front desk of the History Dept. (ICC 600). All other participants who are attending the event, please contact Professor Michael David-Fox at to make arrangements for receiving the paper.

October 25: DC-Area African American Studies Seminar

Robert Bland (University of Maryland), “‘Like a Miniature Tuskegee': Industrial Education, Agrarianism, and the Redefinition of Reconstruction”

Claire Raymond (University of Virginia), “Carrie Mae Weems, Zora Neale Hurston, and Haunting”

If you are interested in attending or presenting a paper at a future seminar please email Jay Driskell at

October 29:  Alon Confino Lecture and Dinner

On October 29, at 5:00 p.m. in the George Washington University Marvin Center, Room 307, Professor Alon Confino of the University of Virginia will be speaking on the topic “A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide.” The lecture, based on his recent book of the same title, will discuss how Germans in the prewar years came to conceive of the idea of a Germany without Jews, and why this imagined future was crucial to the extermination of Jews that followed. After the lecture, a light dinner will be held in the Judaic Studies building at 2142 G Street. If you are interested in attending the dinner, please RSVP to by Thursday, October 23.


November 6: National Archives Researcher Talk Series

Jessica Adler, Assistant Professor of History at Florida International University, World War I and the Birth of the United States Veterans’ Hospital System 

(Please check NARA’s calendar in November for link to the event)

November 6: 2014 International History Seminar

Bradley Simpson, Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut, “The Global History of Self-Determination since 1945″

November 6: Scholarly Research, Writing, and Publishing 25 Years after the Collapse of Communism

Panel moderated by Tom Blanton, Executive Director of the National Security Archive

November 12: Slavery, Memory, and African Diaspora Seminar Series

Rebecca Shumway, Adjunct Professor of History at Georgetown University, “Cultural Syncretism and the Duplicity of Anti-Slavery on the Gold Coast”

(Attendants must contact Dr. Ana Araujo at to receive paper that will be discussed)

November 14: Early American Seminar Series

Alejandra Dubcovsky (Yale), “Informing Power, Communication Exchange in the Early South.” Respondent: Nicole Mahoney (Maryland)

November 14: Two Monstrous Events

Co-sponsored by the Graduate School Field Committee for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at the University of Maryland; the GW Department of Romance, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures; and GW MEMSI

November 14-15: Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media 20th Anniversary Conference

Join the RRCHNM in celebrating their 20th anniversary on November 14-­15, 2014. A free two-day event at George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus that combines collaborative work, presentations and discussions, and unconference sessions. Please register to reserve your spot.

November 20: National Archives Researcher Talk Series

Timothy Verhoeven, Fellow at the University of Monash (Australia), Petitions and the History of American Secularism 

(Please check NARA’s calendar in November for link to the event)

November 20: 2014 International History Seminar 

Charles K. Armstrong, The Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences at Columbia University, “Industrialization and its Consequences in North Korea and Northeast China, 1930s-1960s”

(Co-sponsored by the Asia Studies Program in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service)

November 21: Early Modern Global History Seminar Series 

Jonathan Ray, Associate Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, “Between the Fantastic and the Familiar: Jews in the Sixteenth Century Imagination”


December 4: National Archives Researcher Talk Series 

Ajay Mehrota, Professor at Indiana University School of Law, Making the Modern American Fiscal State

(Please check NARA’s calendar in December for link to the event)

December 5: Early Modern Global History Seminar Series

April Shelford, Associate Professor of History at American University, “Creating a Public: The Periodicals of 1760s Saint Domingue”

December 5: Bruce Holsinger reads from his celebrated historical fiction, A Burnable Book

Details TBA.


January 23: Jonathan Hsy, George Washington University, “Ecolinguistics in Theory and Practice” 


February 6: Early American Seminar Series

Susan Branson (Syracuse), “Phrenology and the Science of Race in Antebellum America.” Respondent: Ashley Towle (Maryland)

February 13: Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania, “Crossing Boundaries: Race, Postcoloniality and the Early Modern.”

February 27: Heather Bamford, George Washington University, works in progress lunch

MARCH 2015

March 13: Early American Seminar Series

Nicholas Wood (Virginia), “The Anglo-American ‘Race of Glory’ & the Failure of the Cooperative Slave Trade Suppression.” Respondent: TBA

March 20: Symposium on “Transition, Scale and Catastrophe” 

9-4 PM  International Brotherhood of Teamsters Room, Gelman Library 7th floor, With Stacy Alaimo, Stephanie LeMenager, Steve Mentz, Karl Steel, Anne Harris and filmmaker Lynn Tomlinson.

APRIL 2015

April 9-10: “Entangled Trajectories: Integrating European and Native American Histories”

At GWU and the Library of Congress.

April 17: Early American Seminar Series

Christen Mucher (Smith), “Indian Wars and Western Antiquities.” Respondent: Matt Ball (Maryland)

April 23: 2015 International History Seminar 

Carole Fink, Humanities Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Ohio State University, “How about Normalizing the Past? West Germany, Israel, and the writer Guenter Grass’s first visit in 1967.”

(Co-sponsored by the Center for German and European Studies and the Program for Jewish Civilization)

MAY 2015

May 1: Early American Seminar Series 

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

To list events, please email Dr. Amanda Moniz at