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Announcing the Spring 2021 Washington History Seminar Lineup

The History and Public Policy Program and the National History Center are pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Washington History Seminar lineup. All sessions take place on Zoom webinar from 4:00pm-5:30pm ET unless otherwise noted. Registration will be available soon.

The History and Public Policy Program and the National History Center are pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Washington History Seminar lineup. All sessions take place on Zoom webinar from 4:00pm-5:30pm ET unless otherwise noted. Registration will be available soon.

January 11: David Nasaw
The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War

January 20: Joan Wallach Scott
On the Judgment of History

January 25: Claudio Saunt
Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

February 1: Sarah Miller-Davenport
Gateway State: Hawai’i and Cultural Transformation of American Empire

February 8: Tyler Stovall
White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea

February 17: Giuliana Chamedes
A Twentieth Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe

February 22: Mark Levinson
Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed from Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas

February 26: Catherine Grace Katz
The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War

March 1: Brandon R. Byrd
The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti

March 8: Rosie Bsheer
Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia

March 15: Marvin Kalb
Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War

March 22: Laura Robson
The Politics of Mass Violence in the Middle East

March 29: Christopher Capozzola
Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America’s First Pacific Century

April 5: Amanda Frost
You are Not a Citizen: Citizen Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers

April 12: Ronald Grigor Suny
Stalin: Passage to Revolution

April 19: Kate Masur
Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction

April 26: Vanni Pettina
Latin America & the Global Cold War

May 3: James M. Banner Jr.
The Ever-Changing Past: Why All History is Revisionist History

May 10: Alex Wellerstein
Restricted Data: The History of Nuclear Secrecy in the United States

May 17: Joanne Meyerowitz
A War on Global Poverty: The Lost Promise of Redistribution and the Rise of Microcredit

May 24: Louis Menand
The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War

June 1: Jeremy Brown
June Fourth: The Tiananmen Protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989

June 7: Donald Ritchie
The Columnist: Leaks, Lies, and Libel in Drew Pearson’s Washington

June 14: Dorothy Sue Cobble
For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality

June 28: Patricia Sullivan
Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White

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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