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 2019 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 14 - Panel Discussion: Joshua Shifrinson on Rising Titans, Falling Giant: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts; Joseph Parent and Paul MacDonald on Twilight of the Titans: Great Power Decline and Retrenchment; David Edelstein on Over the Horizon: Time, Uncertainty, and the Rise of Great Powers; Stacie Goddard on When Right Makes Might: Rising Powers and World Order

January 28 - Derek Leebaert on Grand Improvisation: America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957

February 4 - Kathleen Day on Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street

February 12* (Tuesday) - Fitzhugh Brundage on Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition

February 25 - Kate Lemay on Triumph of the Dead: American WWII Cemeteries, Monuments, and Diplomacy in France

March 4 - Stephan Kieninger on The Diplomacy of Détente: Cooperative Security from Schmidt to Shultz

March 11 - Ngoei Wen-Qing on The Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia

March 18 - Devin Fergus on Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class  

March 25 - Gail Hershatter on Women and China’s Revolutions

April 1 - Sarah Igo on The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America

April 4* (Thursday) - Robert Jervis on How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International Politics

April 8 - Jennifer Miller on Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan

April 15 - Daniel Immerwahr on How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States

April 22 - Felix Boecking on No Great Wall: Trade, Tariffs, and Nationalism in Republican China, 1927-1945

May 1* (Wednesday) - Konrad Jarausch on Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experienced the Twentieth Century

May 6 - Piotr Kosicki on Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France and Revolution, 1891-1956

May 13 - Joanne Freeman on The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War

*event does not take place on Monday