2021 Washington History Seminars

January 11: David Nasaw on The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War

January 25: Claudio Saunt on Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

January 29: Joan Wallach Scott on On the Judgment of History

February 1: Sarah Miller-Davenport on Gateway State: Hawai’i and Cultural Transformation of American Empire

February 8: Tyler Stovall on White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea

February 17: Giuliana Chamedes on A Twentieth Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe

February 22: Marc Levinson on Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed from Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas

February 26: Catherine Grace Katz on The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War

March 1: Brandon R. Byrd on The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti

March 8: Rosie Bsheer on Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia

March 15: Shaul Bakhash on The Fall of Reza Shah: The Abdication, Exile, and Death of Modern Iran’s Founder

March 22: Laura Robson on The Politics of Mass Violence in the Middle East

March 29: Christopher Capozzola on Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America’s First Pacific Century

April 5: Amanda Frost on You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers

April 12: Ronald Grigor Suny on Stalin: Passage to Revolution

April 19: Kate Masur on Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction

April 26: Vanni Pettina on Latin America & the Global Cold War

May 3: James M. Banner Jr. on The Ever-Changing Past: Why All History is Revisionist History

May 10: Alex Wellerstein on Restricted Data: The History of Nuclear Secrecy in the United States

May 17: Joanne Meyerowitz on A War on Global Poverty: The Lost Promise of Redistribution and the Rise of Microcredit

May 24: Louis Menand on The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War

June 1: Jeremy Brown on June Fourth: The Tiananmen Protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989

June 7: Donald Ritchie on The Columnist: Leaks, Lies, and Libel in Drew Pearson’s Washington

June 14: Dorothy Sue Cobble on For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality

June 21: Teasel Muir-Harmony on Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo

June 28: Patricia Sullivan on Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White

July 8: Orville Vernon Burton and Armand Derfner on Justice Deferred: Race & The Supreme Court

July 12: Kai Bird on The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter

July 19: Wendy Goldman and Donald Filtzer on Fortress Dark and Stern: The Soviet Home Front during World War II

July 26: Marvin Kalb on Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War

September 13: Christopher McKnight Nichols and Andrew Preston on Rethinking Grand American Strategy

September 20: Mia Bay on Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance

September 23: Nancy Sherman on Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons For Modern Resilience

September 27: Eric Zolov on The Last Good Neighbor: Mexico in the Global Sixties

October 4: Elizabeth Shermer on Indentured Students: How Government-Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt

October 11: Mark Bradley and Mary Dudziak on Making the Forever War:  Marilyn B. Young on the Culture and Politics of American Militarism 

October 18: Thomas Guglielmo on Divisions: A New History of Racism and Resistance in America’s World War II Military

October 25: Benjamin Young on Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader: North Korea and the Third World

November 1: Linda Colley on The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World

November 8: Mary E. Sarotte on Not One inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate 

November 15: Kate Clifford Larson on Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer

November 29: Margaret Jacobs on After One Hundred Winters: In Search of Reconciliation on America’s Stolen Lands

December 6: Caley Horan on Insurance Era: Risk, Governance, and the Privatization of Security in Postwar America

December 13: Vladislav Zubok on Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union

December 20: Robert Parkinson on Thirteen Clocks: How Race United the Colonies and Made the Declaration of Independence