Category Archives: Congressional Briefings

The National History Center’s Congressional Briefings are designed to provide historical context and perspective on current issues for policy makers and members of their staff. The speakers reflect upon historical events and developments that have influenced the evolution of current policies and provide knowledge pertinent to the consideration of policy alternatives.

Will Robots Rule the World?

Our latest congressional briefing on automation and the workforce was presented by three historians who specialize in the topic. Beginning with early twentieth century automation, the panelists discussed the pros and cons of technological developments in the workplace, and the increasingly rapid change of the digital age

If you missed the event, you can view a recording in C-SPAN’s video library.  And, you can check out Director Dane Kennedy’s blog post on the briefing “Will Robots Rule the World?

What Should We Do With Confederate Monuments?

At the National History Center’s briefing on the history of Civil War monuments, congressional staffers engaged with historians about the Confederate monument controversy.  Historians talked about the context in which Civil War monuments were constructed and what they came to symbolize.


If you missed the event, you can view a recording in C-SPAN’s video library.  And, you can check out Director Dane Kennedy’s blog post on the briefing “What Should We Do With Confederate Monuments?” 

Is Civilian Control of the Military Eroding?


President Trump’s appointment of military generals to powerful positions usually held by civilians has prompted concern that civilian control of the military is eroding.  Our latest Congressional briefing brought several prominent historians to Capitol Hill to provide perspectives on this subject.  You can view a recording of this event in our video library.  Center director Dane Kennedy recently recapped the event for the AHA Today blog, and hiss summary can be found here.