Washington History Seminar Spring 2015 Schedule

The seminar meets on Monday afternoons at 4 p.m. at the Wilson Center in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 13th and Pennsylvania, NW, in downtown Washington, DC. Reservations are requested because of limited seating and are accepted beginning one week prior to each session at 202-450-3209 or mbarber@historians.org.

The seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the History and Public Policy Program at the Wilson Center. It meets weekly on Mondays at 4 p.m. during the academic year in the 6th Floor Moynihan Board Room, Ronald Reagan Building,  Woodrow Wilson Center ,1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (Federal Triangle Metro Stop). The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for its support.

January 12: Robyn Muncy (University of Maryland), on Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and the Persistence of Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America

January 19: No seminar (Martin Luther King Day)

January 26: Kathy Peiss (University of Pennsylvania), on Bookmen at War: Libraries, Intelligence, and Cultural Policy in World War II

February 2: Pawel Machcewicz (Museum of the Second World War, Gdansk) on Poland’s War on Radio Free Europe

February 9: Charles Neu (Brown University) on Colonel House: A Biography of Woodrow Wilson’s Silent Partner

February 16: No seminar (President’s Day)

February 23: Bartholomew Sparrow (University of Texas) on The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security

March 2:  Heather Cox Richardson (Boston College) on To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party

March 9: Carol Anderson (Emory University) on Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation

March 16: William LeoGrande (American University) and Peter Kornbluh (National Security Archive) on Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana

 March 23: Martha Hodes (NYU) on Mourning Lincoln   

Report from the Field: Sharita Thompson on the Hill’s Center Emancipation Day program

 March 30: Bruce Kuklick (University of Pennsylvania) on Death in the Congo: Murdering Patrice Lumumba 

April 6: No seminar (Passover)

April 13: Christopher Darnton (Catholic University) on Rivalry and Alliance Politics in Cold War Latin America

April 20: David Armitage (Harvard University) and Jo Guldi (Brown University), panel discussion of The History Manifesto, with Eric Arnesen (National History Center/George Washington University), John McNeill (Georgetown University) and Rosemarie Zagarri (George Mason University)

April 27: Sulmaan Khan (Tufts University) on Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China’s Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands

May 4:  Doug Rossinow (Metropolitan State University) on The Reagan Era: A History of the 1980s  

May 11: James Loeffler (University of Virginia) on The Sovereignty of a Higher Law?: Global Antisemitism and Jewish Politics in the 1960s

May 18: Kate Brown (University of Maryland Baltimore County) on Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters