Washington History Seminar Winter/Spring 2017 Schedule

Mondays at 4:00 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th Floor Boardroom
Ronald Reagan Building, Federal Triangle Metro Stop

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

January 23:     Thomas Blanton (National Security Archive) and Svetlana Savranskaya (National Security Archive), The Last Superpower Summit

January 30:     Marcia Chatelain (Georgetown University) on “Fast Food, Civil Rights: McDonald’s and Black America in the Post-King Years”

February 6:     Marc Levinson (independent scholar) on An Extraordinary Time: The End of                                      the Postwar Boom and the Return of the Ordinary Economy

February 13:  Edward Balleisen (Duke University) on Fraud: From Barnum to Madoff

February 20:  President’s Day: No Seminar

February 27:  Timothy Breen (Northwestern University) on An Appeal to Heaven

March 6:          Walter A. McDougall (The University of Pennsylvania) on The Tragedy of                                          U.S. Foreign Policy

March 13:       Julia Young (The Catholic University of America) on Mexican Exodus:                                             Emigrants, Exiles, and Refugees of the Cristero War

March 20:      Luis Campos (University of New Mexico) on Radium and the Secret of Life

March 27:     Jenna Weissman Joselit (George Washington University) on Set in Stone America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments

April 3:        Michael Kazin (Georgetown University) on War against War: The Rise, Defeat, and Legacy of the Peace Movement in America, 1914-1918

April 10:     Passover: No Seminar

April 17:     Courtney Fullilove (Wesleyan University) on The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture

April 24:    Frank Settle (Washington and Lee University) on General George C. Marshall  and the Atomic Bomb

April 25:   Amitav Ghosh on The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable

May 1:      Alice Kaplan (Yale University) on Looking for a Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic

May 8:     Gregg Brazinsky (George Washington University) on Winning the Third World:  Sino-American Competition during the Cold War

May 15:  Jason Parker (Texas A&M) on Hearts, Minds, Voice: U.S. Cold War Diplomacy and the Formation of the Third World