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.

January 8: Melvyn Leffler on Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, 1920-2015

January 15: MLK Day, no seminar

January 22: Sheryl Cashin on Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy

January 29: Rebecca Erbelding on Rescue Board: The Untold Story of America’s Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe

February 5: Ibram Kendi on Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

February 12: Andrew Demshuk on Demolition on Karl Marx Square: Cultural Barbarism and the People’s State in 1968

February 15*: Vietnam: The Kissinger-Le Duc Tho Negotiations, August 1969-December 1973 with John Carland, George Herring, Winston Lord, and Steve Randolph

February 19: President’s Day

February 26: Xolela Mangcu on Nelson Mandela: The Aristocrat and the Revolution –A Historical Biography

March 5: John Lawrence on The Class of ’74: Congress After Watergate and the Roots of Partisanship

March 12: Steven Kotkin on Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941

March 19: Anne Fleming on City of Debtors: A Century of Fringe Finance

March 26: William Hitchcock on The Age of Eisenhower

April 2: A.G. Hopkins on American Empire: A Global History

April 9: Samuel Walker on Most of 14th Street Is Gone: The Washington, DC Riots of 1968

April 16: Steven Ross on Hitler in Los Angeles

April 23: Herrick Chapman on France’s Long Reconstruction: In Search of the Modern Republic

April 30: Edward Ayers on The Thin Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America

May 7: Jill Norgren on Stories from Trailblazing Women Lawyers

May 14: Elaine Weiss on The Woman's Hour: The Last Furious Fight to Win the Vote

May 21: Johann Neem on Democracy’s Schools: The Rise of Public Education in America