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Announcing the Fall 2020 Washington History Seminar Series

The Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and the National History Center are pleased to announce the Fall 2020 Washington History Seminar lineup. The seminar is one of Washington DC’s most intellectually vibrant venues for thinking about the past and establishing its relevance to the present.

The Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and the National History Center are pleased to announce the Fall 2020 Washington History Seminar lineup. The seminar is one of Washington DC’s most intellectually vibrant venues for thinking about the past and establishing its relevance to the present. Unless otherwise noted, the sessions will take place Mondays from 4:00pm-5:30pm Eastern Time on Zoom with a simultaneous stream to the National History Center's Facebook page, and recordings of each session will be available shortly after the conclusion of the event. Further details and registration instructions will be made available closer to the date of each event by visiting the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program website.

September 10 (Thursday) - Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography with Thomas A. Schwartz, and discussants Barbara Keys, Diane Kunz, and Jeremi Suri
The Annual Wm. Roger Louis Lecture. Watch the webcast

September 14 - JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956 with Fredrik Logevall. Watch the webcast.

September 21 - A World Divided: The Global Struggle for Human Rights in the Age of Nation-States with Eric Weitz
Co-sponsored by the Wilson Center’s Rule of Law Initiative. Watch the webcast.

October 2 - Gambling with Armageddon: Nuclear Roulette from Hiroshima to the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1945-1962 with Martin Sherwin
Co-organized with Politics and Prose. Watch the webcast.

October 5 - A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and the Crises of Global Order with G. John Ikenberry. Watch the webcast.

October 14(Wednesday) - Threat of Dissent, A History of Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in the United States with Julia Rose Kraut. Watch the webcast.

October 19 - Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War with Simon Miles
Co-sponsored with the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute. Watch the webcast.

October 23 - Germany: A Nation in its Time with Helmut Walser Smith, and discussants Charles S. Maier and Suzanne Marchand

October 26 - Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Votewith Ellen DuBois, and discussants Kimberly Hamlin and Marcia Chatelain

November 4 (Wednesday) - The Woman’s Fight: The Civil War’s Battles for Home, Freedom, and Nationwith Thavolia Glymph

November 9 - Post Wall, Post Square: Rebuilding the World the World After 1989with Aino Rosa Kristina Spohr, and discussant Hope Harrison

November 12 (Thursday) - Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War II with Francine Hirsch
Co-sponsored with the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute

November 16 - Making the Woman Worker: Precarious Labor and the Fight for Global Standards, 1919-2019 with Eileen Boris

November 23 - Ruling the Savage Periphery: Frontier Governance and the Making of the Modern Statewith Benjamin Hopkins
Co-sponsored with the Wilson Center's Asia Program

November 30 - What Remains: Bringing America’s Missing Home from the Vietnam Warwith Sarah Wagner
Co-sponsored with the Wilson Center's Asia Program

December 2 (Wednesday) - The Perfect Fascist: A Story of Love, Power, and Morality in Mussolini's Italy with Victoria de Grazia

December 7 - Statelessness: A Modern History with Mira Siegelberg

December 14 - Woodrow Wilson and the Reimagining of Eastern Europe with Larry Wolff

December 21 - Political Fallout: Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Making of a Global Environmental Crisis with Toshirhiro Higuchi
Co-sponsored with the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University and the National History Center) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks its anonymous individual donors and institutional partners (the George Washington University History Department and the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest) for their continued support.

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