The National History Center of the American Historical Association provides a venue in the nation's capital for all who care about the human past to make history an essential part of public conversations about current events and the shared futures of the United States and the wider world.

NHC Webinar on Protest and Civil Unrest in the United States: A Historical Exploration

The events of the past several weeks have brought political protest, police brutality, and civil unrest back into the headlines. Activists, politicians, and political pundits daily offer observations and analysis on cable and broadcast news, Facebook and Twitter, and newspaper op-ed pages.

As the American Historical Association has repeatedly stated and as all historians know, “Everything has a history.”  In this inaugural webinar, the National History Center brings together five historians of 20th Century America to address the historical background surrounding the current crisis in the United States. 

On June 11, 2020, the National History Center hosted its inaugural web session on “Protest and Civil Unrest: A Historical Exploration.”  That session featured

Chad Williams (Brandeis University)
Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown University)
Michael Flamm (Ohio Wesleyan)
Cheryl Greenberg (Trinity College)
Thomas Sugrue (New York University) 
Eric Arnesen (George Washington University)

You can watch the 90 minute panel with this link. 

Recent Congressional Briefing Speaker Recieves Book Award from Organzation of American Historians

Anand Toprani, U.S. Naval War College and recent National History Center talk participant, received the 2020 Richard W. Leopold Prize from the Organization of American Historians. The Leopold prize is given every two years for the best book on foreign policy, military affairs, historical activities of the federal government, documentary histories, or biography written by a U.S. government historian or federal contract historian. See Press Release Here.

Response to COVID-19

In accordance with federal recommendations, the NHC is suspending the WHS lecture series for the foreseeable future. Currently, all events until May 26, 2020 have been postponed. We hope to reschedule all postponed sessions to Fall 2020. Our congressional briefing series will also be postponed.

If you have any questions about upcoming talks or rescheduled events, please contact Rachel Wheatley at We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.