Washington History Seminar Spring 2014 Schedule


January 13: Risa Goluboff, UVa, on vagrancy laws

January 20: MLK Day, no meeting

January 27: Stephen Randolph, U.S. Dept of State, on the past and future of the Foreign Relations of the United States series (comments by Warren Kimball and Richard Immerman)

February 3: Martin Grossheim, Passau University, Germany, on Vietnam’s relations with East Germany

February 10: Lynne Olson on her book, Those Angry Days, on the controversies leading up to U.S. involvement in World War II

February 17: Presidents’ Day, no meeting

February 24: Marilyn Lake, University of Melbourne, on Australia’s minimum wage in world context

March 3: Cancelled due to snow

March 10: Mark Atwood Lawrence, UT-Austin, on the uses of Vietnam as an analogy for later U.S. foreign policy issues

March 17: David Chappell, University of Oklahoma, U.S. Civil Rights Movement (tentative)

March 24: Nancy Beck Young, University of Houston on Why We Fight: The Politics of World War II.

March 31: Sergey Radchenko, former Wilson Center fellow, on his new book Unwanted Visionaries: The Soviet Failure in Asia at the End of the Cold War.

April 7: Sophia Rosenfeld, University of Virginia, “’Take Your Choice!’: Historical Reflections on the Act of Voting”

  April 14: First night of Passover, no meeting

April 21: Hugh Wilford, California State University at Santa Barbara, “America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East”

April 28:  James Graham Wilson, U.S. Department of State, “The Triumph of Improvisation: Gorbachev’s Adaptation, Reagan’s Engagement, and the End of the Cold War”

May 5: Thomas Boghardt, U.S. Army Center of Military History, on “Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence and the Defense of Europe, 1944-1949”

May 12: Thomas Sugrue, University of Pennsylvania, “Bankrupt: Detroit and the Past and Future of Urban America”

May 19: Allan Lichtman, American University, “FDR, the Jews, and the Holocaust: Resolving the Controversy”