Video Library by Event Date

Events are organized chronologically, with the most recent available near the top of the page.

Congressional Briefings 

Inaugurated in 2005, the Congressional Briefings were the Center’s first “flagship” program. Designed to provide Congressional staff with the historical context necessary to understand issues of current legislative concern, they bring leading historians to Capitol Hill to discuss the events that have influenced the evolution of current policies and alternatives.

NHC Congressional Briefing on the Ukraine Crisis: January 23, 2015*

Professor Timothy Snyder of Yale University and Professor Mark Von Hagen of Arizona State University

NHC Congressional Briefing on Ebola and the African Health Crisis: November 17, 2014

Professor Randall M. Packard of Johns Hopkins University; Professor Gregg Mitman of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Professor Julie Livingston of New York University and Rutgers University

NHC Congressional Briefing on Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Historical Perspective: September 12, 2014**

Hartmut Berghoff, Director of the German Historical Institute; Zulema Valdez, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced; Xiaojian Zhao, Professor of Asian American History at the University of California, Santa Barbara

NHC Congressional Briefing on Oversight of Intelligence Activities: June 9, 2014

Laura Donohue, Professor of Law at Georgetown University and director of Georgetown University’s Center on National Security; Mark Lowenthal, former assistant director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production at the Central Intelligence Agency and adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University

NHC Congressional Briefing on Immigration Policy: April 5, 2013 

Tyler Anbinder, Professor of History at the George Washington University; Alan M. Kraut, Professor of History at American University and fellow of the Migration Policy Institute; Mae M. Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University

NHC Congressional Briefing on Space Travel: June 15, 2012

Matthew H. Hersch, Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Department of History and Sociology of Science; Joseph N. Tatarewicz, Professor of History at University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Alexander C. MacDonald, Program Executive at NASA Ames Research Center, Emerging Commercial Space Office

NHC Congressional Briefing on the Great Depression: May 21, 2009

Professor Alan Brinkley, Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University

NHC Congressional Briefing on the Federal Role in Race and Reconstruction: March 13, 2006

Eric Foner, Professor of History at Columbia University; John Hope Franklin, Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University

Decolonization Seminars

The National History Center’s most prominent and best-funded program is the International Seminar on Decolonization. Each summer the program brings fifteen historians near the beginning of their careers to Washington, DC for four weeks to research, discuss, and write about the phenomenon of decolonization, or the dissolution mainly of the European maritime empires in the 20th century. It also sponsors two public lectures on some aspect of the topic.

Spies, Allies & Murder? The Ominous Origins of the 1968 Tet Offensive in Hanoi’s Post-colonial War: July 16, 2014

Professor Lien-Hang Nguyen of the University of Kentucky

Decolonization & the Nation-State: Reflections on the 1958 Referendum in French West Africa: July 22, 2014

Elizabeth Schmidt, Professor of History at Loyola University Maryland

Miscilanious Events

129th American Historical Association Annual Meeting Panel Discussion                  Passing the Voting Rights Act, 1965: January 4, 2015 (Audio only)

Chair: Kent Germany, University of South Carolina Columbia

Panel: Clayborne Carson, Stanford University; Alexander Keyssar, Harvard University; Dorothy Gilliam, Washington Post; David Cohen


Washington History Seminars

Sponsored jointly by the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Washington History Seminar meets each week, January to May and September to December, on Monday afternoons at 4 o’clock at the Wilson Center. It aims to facilitate understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and all places and from a variety of perspectives.

April 2015

Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China’s Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands: April 27, 2015

Sulmaan Khan, Assistant Professor of International History and Chinese Foreign Relations at Tufts University

Rivalry and Alliance Politics in Cold War Latin America: April 13, 2015

Christopher Darnton, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at Catholic University

March 2015

Murdering Patrice Lumumba: March 30, 2015

Bruce Kuklick, Nichols Professor of American History Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania

Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations Between Washington and Havana: March 16, 2015

William Leogrande, Professor of Government at American University and Peter Kornbluh, Director of the National Security Archive’s Chile and Cuba Documentation Projects

African Americans’ Anticolonialism in the Early Cold War: March 9, 2015

Carol Anderson, Associate Professor of African-American Studies at Emory University

To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party: March 2, 2015

Heather Cox Richardson, Professor of History at Boston College

February 2015

The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security: February 23, 2015

Bartholomew Sparrow, Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin

Colonel House: A Biography of Woodrow Wilson’s Silent Partner: February 9, 2015

Dr. Charles E. Neu, Professor of History, Emeritus, Brown University; Adjunct Professor of History, University of Miami

Poland’s War on Radio Free Europe: February 2, 2015

Paweł Machcewicz, Professor at the Institute of Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences

January 2015

Josephine Roche and 20th Century Progressivism: January 12, 2015

Dr. Robyn Muncy Associate Professor of History at University of Maryland, College Park

December 2014

Human Rights before Carter: December 8, 2014

Sarah Snyder, Affiliate Assistant Professor of History at American University

Civil Rights After Martin Luther King Jr.: December 1, 2014

David Chappell, Rothbaum Professor of Modern American History at the University of Oklahoma

November 2014

The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary World, and the Fate of Empire: November 17, 2014

Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Professor of History at the University of Virginia

April 2014

Key Figures at the End of the Cold War: April 28, 2014

James Graham Wilson, Office of the Historian at the Department of State

The Secret Ballot in the United States: April 7, 2014

Sophia Rosenfeld, Associate Professor of History at the University of Virginia

January 2014

FRUS: Past, Present, and Future: January 27, 2014

Stephen Randolph, The Historian of the US Department of State

Vagrancy Laws and the Long 1960s: January 13, 2014

Risa Goluboff, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia

December 2013

Myth of Race: December 9, 2013

Jacqueline Jones, Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin

November 2013

History of Supplemental Security Income: November 4, 2013

Edward D. Berkowitz, Director of History and Public Policy Program at the George Washington University

October 2013

The Family Jewels Then and Now: October 28, 2013

John Prados, Senior Fellow and Project Director, National Security Archive, The George Washington University.

Malaria, Yellow Fever, and Independence: October 7, 2013

John McNeill, Professor of History at Georgetown University

September 2013

Latin America Encounters Nelson Rockefeller: September 30, 2013

Ernesto Capello, Associate Professor of History at Macalester College

Investing Indebtedness: World History and Impoverishment in Africa: September 16, 2013

Joseph C. Miller, T. Cary Johnson Professor at the University of Virginia

General de Gaulle and the Cold War: September 9, 2013

Garret Martin, Professional Lecturer at American University

May 2013

German Unification Twenty-Five Years Later: May 20, 2013 

Konrad H. Jarausch, Senior Fellow, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung

Lincoln and Emancipation: International Reactions: May 13, 2013

Richard J. Carwardine, Professor of American History at Oxford University

Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama :May 6, 2013

Rachel L. Swarns, Correspondent at The New York Times

April 2013

Bureaucracy, Citizenship and Remembrance in Wartime Iraq: April 22, 2013

Dina Rizk Khoury, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University

Inside British Foreign Policy: April 15, 2013

Gill Bennett, Chief Historian of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1995-2005; Senior Editor of the postwar official history of British foreign policy, Documents on British Policy Overseas

Historical Perspective on the Arab Spring: April 8, 2013

Roger Owen, Professor of Middle Eastern History at Harvard University

Weatherman Underground Terrorism: April 1, 2013

Arthur Eckstein, Professor of History and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland College Park

March 2013

Stalin’s Decision for War in Korea: March 18,2013

Samuel Wells, Former Associate Director of the Woodrow Wilson Center and Former Director of the West European Studies Program

The End of Historical Enterprise: March 11, 2013 

Robert Townsend, Deputy Director of the American Historical Association

A Muslim Weimar?: March 4, 2013 

Charles King, Professor of International Affairs and Government, Georgetown University, and former Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Research Scholar, Kennan Institute

February 2013

Origins of the Cold War: February 4, 2013

Michael Dobbs, Former Washington Post reporter and author of One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War

January 2013

Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation: January 28, 2013 

Eric Foner, Professor of History at Columbia University

December 2012

Women, Ecumenism, and Interracial Organizing: December 3, 2012

Bettye Collier-Thomas, Professor of History at Temple University

May 2012

The United States, Burma, and the Cold War: May 7, 2012

Kenton Clymer, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of History, Northern Illinois University

April 2012

The Outbreak of WWI: April 16, 2012

Margaret MacMillan, Warden of St. Antony’s College and a Professor of International History at Oxford University

The Lumumba Assassination: April 9, 2012

Stephen R. Weissman, Former staff director of the House Subcommittee on Africa

Reassessing Exploration: The West in the World: April 2, 2012

Dane Kennedy, Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University

March 2012

Peaceful Resolution of Ethnic Tensions: March 26, 2012

Karl Meyer, New York Times; Shareen Brysac, CBS News

The End of the German Paradigm: March 19, 2012

Samuel R. Williamson, Jr., West Point, Harvard, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the University of the South

February 2012

Islam and Democracy for the 21st Century: February 13, 2012

John O. Voll, Professor of Islamic History and Associate Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University

Barbary Coasts: North Africa, Colonialism, and the Mediterranean: February 6, 2012

Julia Clancy-Smith, Professor of History at the University of Arizona, Tucson

January 2012

Roosevelt and Churchill: January 30, 2012

Warren Kimball, Robert Treat Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University

Abraham Lincoln and the Irish: January 23, 2012

Kevin Kenny, Professor of History, Boston College

December 2011

American Exceptionalism: A Global Perspective: December 5, 2011

Thomas Bender, Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History at New York University

November 2011

Black Leaders and Leadership: November 21, 2011

Phyllis Leffler, Director of the Institute for Public History and Professor at the University of Virginia

Reassessing Walter Lippmann: November 14, 2011

Ronald Steel, Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California

Economics of the Civil Rights Revolution in the South: November 7, 2011 (Podcast)

Gavin Wright, William Robertson Coe Professor of American Economic History at Stanford University

October 2011

Missed Opportunities for Peace: The US, Jordan, and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War: October 31, 2011

Nigel J. Ashton, Professor and Chair of the International History Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Statelessness in 20th Century America: October 24, 2011

Linda K. Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor of History at the University of Iowa

The Contested Legacy of the Berlin Wall, October 17, 2011

Hope M. Harrison, Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center and Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University

Why We Botch the End of Wars: October 3, 2011

Gideon Rose, Editor of Foreign Affairs and member of the Council on Foreign Relations

September 2011

Dag Hammarskjold: His Critics and the United Nations in 1956: September 26, 2011

Wm. Roger Louis, Kerr Professor at the University of Texas at Austin

“Rogue States” and the US: September 19, 2011

Robert S. Litwack, Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations and Director, International Security Studies

Iran in 1953 and the Uses of Middle East History: September 12, 2011

Stephen Kinzer, Professor of International Relations, Boston University

May 2011

South Africa and the End of Apartheid: May 2, 2011

Paul S. Landau, Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland

April 2011

America’s International Civil War: April 25, 2011

Don H. Doyle, Public Policy Scholar, McCausland Professor of History; Director, ARENA, Association for Research on Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Americas, University of South Carolina

Civil Military Relations: April 11, 2011

Richard H. Kohn, Professor of History and Peace, War, and Defense, Department of History, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

American Biography After the Cold War: April 4, 2011

Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History, School for International Affairs, Columbia University

March 2011

Kissinger’s Realpolitik and American Exceptionalism: March 28, 2011

Thomas Schwartz, Public Policy Scholar, Professor of History, Vanderbilt University

The Russian Imperial Legacy: March 21, 2011

Gabriel Gorodetsky, Short-Term Grant Director, Cummings Center for Russian Studies, Tel Aviv University

The “Good Occupation”: Military Government in the American Imagination: March 14, 2011

Susan Carruthers, Fellow Professor of History, Rutgers University

Rethinking the History of the French Welfare State: March 7, 2011

Katherine A. Lynch, Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

February 2011

Churchill’s Cold War Revisited: February 14, 2011

Klaus Larres, Public Policy Scholar Richard M Krasno Distinguished Professor in History and International Affairs at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill

Territory, Statehood, and Sovereignty: From Westphalia to Globalization: February 7, 2011

Charles S. Maier, Wilson Center distinguished scholar and the Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University

January 2011

Unfinished Business: Archives After Conflict in Guatemala, Sierra Leone, and South Africa: January 31, 2011

Trudy H. Peterson, Consulting Archivist, Wilson Center

Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves: January 24, 2011

Sheldon Garon, Dodge Professor of History and East Asian Studies in the Department of History at Princeton University

December 2010

The Roman and British Empires: December 6, 2010

John G. A. Pocock ,Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University

November 2010

Oil and World Power: November 29, 2010

David S. Painter, Professor of International History at Georgetown University

Accidents and Axioms: The Curious History of US Foreign Policy: November 22, 2010

Philip D. Zelikow, White Burkett Miller Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in History at the University of Virginia

The Protestant Boomerang: American Missionaries and the United States: November 15, 2010

David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley

How Special has the Anglo-American “Special Relationship” Really Been?: November 8, 2010

Sir Brian Harrison, Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College of the University of Oxford

October 2010

Cold War Legacies: October 18, 2010

Melvyn P. Leffler, Edward Stettinius Professor of American History at the University of Virginia

Secularism and Gender Equality: October 4, 2010

Joan Wallach Scott, Harold F. Linder Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study

September 2010

Reflections on the Mau Mau and the End of Empire: September 27, 2010

Caroline Elkins, Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Harvard University

Francois Mitterand and the Dilemmas of the Cold War: September 20, 2010

Frédéric Bozo, Wilson Center Fellow and Professor at the Sorbonne

Why a Congress and Not a Parliament?: September 13, 2010

Donald A. Ritchie, Historian of the United States Senate

May 2010

Changing Concepts of Love in the Eighteenth Century: May 17, 2010

Luisa Passerini, Professor of History at the University of Turin

C. Vann Woodward and the Civil Rights Movement: May 10, 2010

Sheldon Hackney, Boies Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania

The Eternal Question of Counterinsurgency: May 3, 2010

Marilyn B. Young, Professor of History at New York University

April 2010

The French and American Revolutions and Modern Democracy: April 26, 2010

David Bell, Professor of History at Princeton University

States, Nations, and the Problem of the Nation-State: April 19, 2010

James J. Sheehan, Dickason Professor in the Humanities, emeritus, at Stanford University

Rising Inequality and the Return of Jim Crow: April 5, 2010

Davin Fergus, Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University

March 2010

Nikita Khrushchev and the Fate of the Soviet Union: March 29, 2010

Vladislav Zubok, Associate Professor of History at Temple University

American Ascendancy in the Pacific: March 22, 2010

Bruce Cumings, Distinguished Service Professor in History at the University of Chicago

Modern Economics and the Nemesis of History: March 15, 2010

Volker Berghahn, Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia University

The History of the West Through Arab Eyes: March 8, 2010 

Eugene Rogan, Professor of History at Oxford University

African Americans and Independence Struggles in Asia and Africa: March 1, 2010

Carol Anderson, Associate Professor of African-American Studies at Emory University

February 2010

Wilson Versus Wilsonian: February 22, 2010

John Milton Cooper, Jr., Fox Professor of American Institutions at the University of Wisconsin

International Human Rights in Historical Perspective: February 1, 2010

Stanley N. Katz, Director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University

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