Washington History Seminar Spring 2018 Schedule

The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the George Washington University History Department for their support.


January 8         Melvyn Leffler on Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015

January 15       Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 22       Sheryll Cashin on Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Surpremacy

January 29       Rebecca Erbelding on Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

February 5       Ibram Kendi on Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

February 12     Andrew Demshuk on Demolition on Karl Marx Square: Cultural Barbarism and the People’s State in 1968

February 15*   Vietnam: The Kissinger-Le Duc Tho Negotiations, August 1969-December 1973 with John Carland, George Herring, Winston Lord, and Steve Randolph

February 19      President’s Day

February 26      Xolela Mangcu on Nelson Mandela: The Aristocrat and the Revolution –A Historical Biography

March 5          John Lawrence on The Class of ’74: Congress After Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship

March 12        Steven Kotkin on Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941

March 19        Anne Fleming on City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance

March 26        William Hitchcock on The Age of Eisenhower

April 2              A.G. Hopkins on American Empire: A Global History

April 9              Samuel Walker on Most of 14th Street Is Gone: The Washington, DC Riots of 1968

April 16            Steven Ross on Hitler in Los Angeles

April 23            Herrick Chapman on France’s Long Reconstruction: In Search of a the Modern Republic

April 30            Edward Ayers on The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

May 7               Jill Norgren on A Life in Law: Tales from 20th Century Women Lawyers

May 14             Elaine Weiss on The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

May 21             Johann Neem on Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars take place on Mondays at 4:00 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Boardroom
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop