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The Fall 2021 Washington History Seminar Lineup

The History and Public Policy Program and the National History Center are pleased to announce the Fall 2021 Washington History Seminar lineup. All sessions take place on Zoom webinar from 4–5:30pm ET unless otherwise noted. Recordings of past sessions are available through the links.


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The Fall 2021 Washington Seminar Lineup

September 13 – Christopher McKnight Nichols and Andrew Preston, with comments from Daniel Bessner and Julia Irwin
Rethinking American Grand Strategy
The Wm. Roger Louis Lecture

September 20 – Mia Bay, with comments from Greta de Jong and Saje Mathieu
Traveling Black: A Story of Race and Resistance

September 23 (Thursday) – Nancy Sherman, with comments from Barbara Mujica, Massimo Pigliucci, and and co-chaired by Philippa Strum
Stoic Wisdom: Ancient Lessons For Modern Resilience

September 27 – Eric Zolov, with comments from Ambassador Roberta Lajous and Tanya Harmer
The Last Good Neighbor: Mexico in the Global Sixties

October 4 – Elizabeth Shermer, with comments from John Thelin
Indentured Students: How Government – Guaranteed Loans Left Generations Drowning in College Debt

October 11 – Mark Bradley and Mary Dudziak, with comments from Monica Kim and Melani McAlister
Making the Forever War: Marilyn B. Young on the Culture and Politics of American Militarism 

October 18 – Thomas Guglielmo, with comments from Takashi Fujitani and Adriane Lentz-Smith
Divisions: A New History of Racism and Resistance in America’s World War II Military

October 25 – Benjamin Young, with comments from Jean Lee, Hazel Smith, and co-chaired by Gregg Brazinsky
Guns, Guerillas, and the Great Leader

November 1 – Linda Colley, with comments from Daniel Hulsebosch
The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World

November 8 – Mary Sarotte, with comments from Serhii Plokhii, Jennifer Siegel and Heidi Tworek
Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post – Cold War Stalemate 

November 15 – Kate Larson, with comments from A'Lelia Bundles and Robert Harris Jr. 
Walk with Me: A Biography of Fannie Lou Hamer

November 29 – Margaret Jacobs, with comments from Liza Black and Josh Reid
After One Hundred Winters: In Search of Reconciliation on America's Stolen Lands

December 6 – Caley Horan, with comments from Devin Fergus and Scott Reynolds Nelson
Insurance Era: Risk, Governance, and the Privatization of Security in Postwar America

December 13 – Vladislav Zubok, with comments from Dina Fainberg and William Taubman
Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union

December 20 – Robert Parkinson, with comments from Rosemarie Zagarri and Derrick R. Spires
Thirteen Clocks: How Race United the Colonies and Made the Declaration of Independence

  • Watch video of our past seminars on the Washington History Seminar video library.

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The History and Public Policy Program strives to make public the primary source record of 20th and 21st century international history from repositories around the world, to facilitate scholarship based on those records, and to use these materials to provide context for classroom, public, and policy debates on global affairs.  Read more