Toward the Great Society: The Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson, February 1 - May 31, 1964.

January 18, 2008 // 2:30pm4:30pm
Kent Germany, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina and author of New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2007).Guian McKee, Assistant Professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. Author of Liberalism and the Problem of Jobs: Public Policy and Community Action in Postwar Philadelphia (Univ. of Chicago press, forthcoming).David Shreve Formerly Assistant Professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia.

Whither Europe? The Historic Significance of the De Gaulle-Monnet Debate on the Future of Europe

December 13, 2007 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Discussion with Klaus Schwabe, Professor Emeritus of Contemporary History, Historische Institut, University of Technology at Aachen, Germany

Nation Building in South Korea: Koreans, Americans, and the Making of a Democracy

December 04, 2007 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Speakers: Gregg A. Brazinsky, Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs; William W. Stueck Jr., Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Georgia; and James Delaney, a career CIA officer, and former CIA Station Chief in Seoul and Tokyo during the 1980's.

US Public Opinion and the Carter Administration's Response to Charter 77

November 28, 2007 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Featuring Vilem Precan, chairman of the board of the Czechoslovak Documentation Center, whose book on the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, written using Czech archival materials, infuriated the Soviet government, and led to his exile. Mark Kramer, director of the Harvard Project on Cold War Studies and a Senior Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. He has worked extensively in newly opened archives in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Germany, and Poland. Dr. Kramer is also the author of numerous books and articles on Cold War history.And Thomas S. Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Blanton served as the Archive's first Director of Planning & Research beginning in 1986, became Deputy Director in 1989, and Executive Director in 1992. His books include White House E-Mail: The Top Secret Computer Messages the Reagan-Bush White House Tried to Destroy. Blanton co-authored The Chronology, on the Iran-contra affair, and served as a contributing author to three editions of the ACLU's authoritative guide, Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws, and to the Brookings Institution study Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940.

Between the Crescent and the Swastika: The Emergence of Political Islam in Germany

November 26, 2007 // 11:30am1:00pm
with Dr. Stefan Meining, Wilson Center public policy scholar, and German public television editor

Democracy as a Challenge - The 2007 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture, with Anatoli Mikhailov

November 15, 2007 // 3:00pm5:00pm
On November 15, 2007, the Woodrow Wilson Center co-hosted the third annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture in collaboration with the Ratiu Family Foundation and the Ratiu Democracy Center. The recipient of this year's award, Dr. Anatoli Mikhailov, Rector of the European Humanities University, currently in exile in Vilnius, Lithuania delivered a speech on Democracy as a Challenge. An introduction by former ambassador to Belarus, David Swartz, preceded Professor Mikhailov's address.

Between the Lines: A Documentary Film

November 09, 2007 // 3:00pm6:00pm
Dirk Simon, film's author, director, and co-producer; Hope M. Harrison, director of GWU's Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Stefan Meining, Wilson Center public policy scholar, and editor for German public television; Christian Ostermann, director of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program, Andreas Prothmann, counselor for political affairs at the German Embassy, and Bernd Schäfer, Senior Scholar with the Woodrow Wilson Center's Cold War International History Project and Parallel History Project associate and former research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington

Film Screening-- The Collapse of the Soviet Union

October 25, 2007 // 4:00pm6:00pm
Igor Grazin, co-producer and scriptwriter; Member of Parliament, Estonia; and former Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; Discussant: Thomas Blanton, Director, National Security Archive, George Washington University


Experts & Staff

  • Christian F. Ostermann // Director, History and Public Policy Program; Global Europe; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project
  • Laura Deal // Catalog Specialist
  • Pieter Biersteker // Editorial Assistant
  • Charles Kraus // Program Associate
  • Evan Pikulski // Program Assistant
  • Roy O. Kim // Program Assistant
  • James Person // Deputy Director, History and Public Policy Program; Cold War International History Project; North Korea Documentation Project; Nuclear Proliferation International History Project