Alice Kessler-Harris Examines American Biography After the Cold War

At the next Washington History Seminar on Monday, April 4 at 4:00 pm at the Wilson Center, Alice Kessler-Harris will present “American Biography After the Cold War.”

What are the issues of judgment, perspective, and stance that confront historians whose subjects played a role in debates about Stalinism, McCarthyism, and Communism? In the years when the Cold War shaped perceptions, historians identified themselves with particular political positions. But what is the view toward such issues today? Is the intellectual Cold War over? Or does it still constrain our minds and our words? Lillian Hellman will serve as a case in point.

Alice Kessler-Harris is the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of History at Columbia University.  She is also Professor in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Her recent books include In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in the 20th-Century America (2001) and Gendering Labor History (2007), which contains her essays on women’s work and social policy. Recently, she has turned her attention to the problems of writing history through the eyes of individuals.  She is currently the President of the Organization of American Historians.

Reservations are requested because of limited seating.  To reserve a seat at the seminar, contact Miriam Cunningham at 202-544-2422 ext 103.  The seminar takes place at the Wilson Center, located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (Federal Triangle Metro stop).

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center (an initiative of the American Historical Association) and the Wilson Center and facilitates the understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places, and from multiple perspectives Click for the Spring 2011 schedule and topics, as well as links to videos of past presentations. The seminar is grateful for the support given by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.