The Woodrow Wilson Center and the National History Center are delighted to announce the schedule for the spring season of the Washington History Seminar.  Spring 2017 offers an exciting lineup of speakers who will be sure to sustain the seminar’s reputation as one of Washington D.C.’s most intellectually vibrant venues for thinking about the past and establishing its relevance to the present.  Each week the seminar offers fresh perspectives on an important historical topic, bringing distinguished senior scholars, talented young historians, and other inquiring minds to talk about their recent research and reveal their latest discoveries.

September 8: O.A. Westad on The Cold War: A World History (This special session of the Washington History Seminar will be held on Friday 8 September from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the Wilson Center’s 6th Floor Flom Auditorium)

September 11: Jeremi Suri on The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office (Annual W. R. Louis Lecture)

September 18: Melissa Stockdale on Mobilizing the Russian Nation: Patriotism and Citizenship in the First World War

September 25: Carter Eckert on Park Chung Hee and Modern Korea: The Roots of Militarism, 1866-1945

October 2: Nathan Stoltzfus on Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany

October 9: Columbus Day

October 16: Isabella Ginor and Gideon Remez on The Soviet-Israeli War, 1967-1973

October 23: William Taubman on Gorbachev: His Life and Times

October 30: Sheila Miyoshi Jager on The Other Great Game: The Opening of Korea and The Birth of Modern East Asia, 1876-1905

November 6: Krishan Kumar on Visions of Empire: How Five Imperial Regimes Shaped the World

November 13: Jeffrey Engel on When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War

November 17: John McNeill and Julia Adeney Thomas on Historians and the Anthropocene

November 20: Thanksgiving Week

November 27: Kathleen E. Smith on Moscow 1956: The Silenced Spring

December 4: Meredith Hindley on Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in WWII

December 11: Sarah Binder and Mark Spindel on The Myth of Independence: How Congress Governs the Federal Reserve