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The Fall 2022 Washington History Seminar Lineup

The History and Public Policy Program and the American Historical Association are pleased to announce the Fall 2022 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.


September 19 – The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism, with Fritz Bartel (Discussants: Aaron Friedberg & Angela Romano) [VIDEO]

September 26 – The Spectre of War: International Communism and the Origins of World War Two, with Jonathan Haslam (Discussants: Mary Barton & Juliane Fürst) [VIDEO]

September 29 (Thursday) – Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s, with Nicole Hemmer (Discussants: Donald R. Wolfensberger & Heather Hendershot) [VIDEO]

October 3 – Last Call at the Hotel Imperial:  The Reporters Who Took on a World at War, with Deborah Cohen (Discussant: David Greenberg) [VIDEO]

October 13 (Thursday) – The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir and Her Path to Power, with Pnina Lahav (Discussants: Arie M. Dubnov & Guy Laron) [VIDEO]

October 17 – Christianity’s American Fate: How Religion Became More Conservative and Society More Secular, with David Hollinger (Discussants: Melani McAlister & Darren Dochuk) [VIDEO]

October 24 – Afghan Crucible: The Soviet Invasion and the Making of Modern Afghanistan, with Elisabeth Leake (Discussants: Jayita Sarkar & Amna Qayyum) [VIDEO]

October 25 (Tuesday) The Wm. Roger Louis LectureLegacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire, with Caroline Elkins (Discussants: Dane Kennedy & Philippa Levine) [VIDEO]

October 31 – Realigners: Partisan Hacks, Political Visionaries, and the Struggle to Rule American Democracy, with Timothy Shenk (Discussants: Michael Lind & Elizabeth Tandy Shermer) [VIDEO]

November 7 – By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow's Legal Executioners, with Margaret A. Burnham (Discussants: A’Lelia Bundles & Alex Lichtenstein) [VIDEO]

November 10 (Thursday) – Republics of Myth: National Narratives and the US-Iran Conflict, with Hussein Banai and Malcolm Byrne (Discussants: Tara Kangarlou & Dalia Dassa Kaye) [VIDEO]

November 14 – Ideology in U.S. Foreign Relations: New Histories, with Christopher Nichols (Discussants: Penny M. Von Eschen, Mary L. Dudziak & Michaela Hoenicke Moore) [VIDEO]

November 21 – On Account of Sex: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Making of Gender Equality Law, withPhilippa Strum (Discussant: Elizabeth Shermer) [VIDEO]

November 28 – New Scholarship on US Intelligence History, with Thomas Boghardt (Covert Legions: U.S. Army Intelligence in Germany, 1944-1949) and Nicholas Reynolds (Need to Know: World War II and the Rise of American Intelligence) (Discussant: Genevieve Lester) [VIDEO]

December 8 (Thursday) – The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink, with William Inboden (Discussants: Paula Dobriansky & Melvyn Leffler) [VIDEO]

December 12 – G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century, with Beverly Gage (Discussants: John F. Fox, Jr. & Ellen Schrecker) [VIDEO]

December 19 – The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam, with Marc Selverstone (Discussant: Meredith Lair) [VIDEO]

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