Washington History Seminar Schedule

The Washington History Seminar is sponsored jointly by the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, with support from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. It aims to facilitate the understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places and from multiple perspectives. It meets weekly on Monday afternoons at 4 p.m. at the Wilson Center in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, January—May and September—December. Reservations are requested because of limited seating and are accepted one week prior to each session at WHS@wilsoncenterorg. Wm. Roger Louis of the National History Center and Christian Ostermann of the Wilson Center are the co-directors. To go to the schedule of speakers for Fall 2014, please click on Washington History Center Fall 2014 Schedule. Below are the lists of speakers for the Fall of 2014 and past years. Please click on the event to find out more information or to watch a video presentation of the seminar.

Washington History Seminar, Fall 2014

September 8: Peter Finn (Washington Post), on The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book

September 15: Lisa Leff (American University) on The Archive Thief : Zosa Szajkowski and the Salvaging of French Jewish History  

September 22: Malcolm Byrne (George Washington University), on Lessons of Iran-Contra: Behind the Scenes of Ronald Reagan’s Iran Gambit, 1985-86  

September 29: Akira Iriye (Harvard), “International Affairs and Transnational Relations”

October 6: Nathan Connolly (Hopkins), on A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida. 

October 13: Columbus Day, no seminar

October 20: Gregory Domber (University of North Florida), on Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War

October 27: Austin Jersild (Old Dominion), on Sino-Soviet Relations and the Dilemmas of Socialist Bloc Cooperation: Czechoslovaks in Shanghai, 1956-57

November 3: Ken Hughes (UVA), on Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate

November 10: Veterans Day 11/11, no seminar 

November 17: Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Monticello/UVA), on The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary World, and the Fate of Empire

November 24: Thanksgiving week, no seminar

December 1: David Chappell (Oklahoma), on Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King   

December 8: Sarah Snyder (American University), on Human Rights Before Carter

December 15: Suzy Kim (Rutgers), on Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950 

Washington History Seminar, Spring 2011

January 24: Sheldon Garon (Princeton University) on why America spends while the world saves (video)

January 31: Trudy Peterson (Independent Archivist) on war crimes tribunals in Guatemala, Rwanda, and South Africa (video)

February 7: Charles Maier (Harvard University and WWC Fellow) on sovereignty and globalization (video)

February 14: Klaus Larres (University of Ulster) on Churchill and the Cold War (video)

February 28: Henry Laurens (Collège de France) on France and the Arab World

March 7: Katherine Lynch (Carnegie Mellon University) on the French welfare state (video)

March 14: Susan Carruthers (Rutgers University and WWC Fellow) on United States military occupations (video)

March 21: Gabriel Gorodetsky (Institute for Advanced Study & University of Oxford) on Stalin and Operation Barbarossa (video)

March 28: Thomas Schwartz (Vanderbilt University) on Kissinger’s Realpolitik (video)

April 4: Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia University) on reading history through biography (video)

April 11: Richard Kohn (University of North Carolina) on civil and military relationships (video)

April 18: no meeting

April 25: Don H. Doyle (University of South Carolina and WWC Public Policy Fellow) on the international dimensions of the American Civil War

May 2: Paul Landau (University of Maryland) on the end of Apartheid (video)

Fall 2010 Seminar Schedule:


Spring 2010 Seminar Schedule

  • February 15 President’s Day Holiday–no seminar

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