Washington History Seminar Schedule

The Washington History Seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, with support from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. It aims to facilitate the understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places and from multiple perspectives. It meets weekly on Monday afternoons at 4 p.m., January—May and September—December. Wm. Roger Louis of the National History Center and Christian Ostermann of the Wilson Center are the co-directors. To go to the schedule of speakers for Spring 2014, please click on Washington History Seminar Spring 2014 Schedule.  Below are the lists of speakers from past years. Please click on the event to find out more information or to watch a video presentation of the seminar.

Washington History Seminar, Spring 2011

January 24: Sheldon Garon (Princeton University) on why America spends while the world saves (video)

January 31: Trudy Peterson (Independent Archivist) on war crimes tribunals in Guatemala, Rwanda, and South Africa (video)

February 7: Charles Maier (Harvard University and WWC Fellow) on sovereignty and globalization (video)

February 14: Klaus Larres (University of Ulster) on Churchill and the Cold War (video)

February 28: Henry Laurens (Collège de France) on France and the Arab World

March 7: Katherine Lynch (Carnegie Mellon University) on the French welfare state (video)

March 14: Susan Carruthers (Rutgers University and WWC Fellow) on United States military occupations (video)

March 21: Gabriel Gorodetsky (Institute for Advanced Study & University of Oxford) on Stalin and Operation Barbarossa (video)

March 28: Thomas Schwartz (Vanderbilt University) on Kissinger’s Realpolitik (video)

April 4: Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia University) on reading history through biography (video)

April 11: Richard Kohn (University of North Carolina) on civil and military relationships (video)

April 18: no meeting

April 25: Don H. Doyle (University of South Carolina and WWC Public Policy Fellow) on the international dimensions of the American Civil War

May 2: Paul Landau (University of Maryland) on the end of Apartheid (video)

Fall 2010 Seminar Schedule:


Spring 2010 Seminar Schedule

  • February 15 President’s Day Holiday–no seminar

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