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The Fall 2023 Washington History Seminar Lineup

The History and Public Policy Program and the American Historical Association are pleased to announce the Fall 2023 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 after they occur.

The Fall 2023 Washington History Seminar Lineup

Thursday September 14, (The Wm. Roger Louis Lecture), “Homelands: A Personal History of Europe” by Timothy Garton Ash

Monday September 18, “Never Again: Germans and Genocide after the Holocaust” by Andrew Port

Thursday September 28, “The Age of Interconnection: A Global History of the Second Half of the Twentieth Century” by Jonathan Sperber

Monday October 2, “Economists in the Cold War: How a Handful of Economists Fought the Battle of Ideas” by Alan Bollard 

Thursday October 12, “Into the Bright Sunshine: Young Hubert Humphrey and the Fight for Civil Rights” by Samuel Freedman 

Monday October 16, “Americans in a World at War: Intimate Histories from the Crash of Pan Am's Yankee Clipper” by Brooke Blower 

Monday October 23, “Dreams for a Decade: International Nuclear Abolitionism and the End of the Cold War” by Stephanie Freeman 

Monday October 30, “An Army Afire: How the US Army Confronted Its Racial Crisis in the Vietnam Era” by Beth Bailey 

Monday November 6, “The Struggle for Iran: Oil, Autocracy, and the Cold War, 1951-1954” by David Painter & Gregory Brew

Monday November 13, “France on Trial: The Case of Marshall Petain” by Julian Jackson 

Monday November 27, “The Nationalist Dilemma: A Global History of Economic Nationalism, 1776–Present” by Marvin Suesse 

Monday December 4, “Forgotten Warriors: The Long History of Women in Combat” by Sarah Percy 

Monday December 11, “Suharto's Cold War: Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and the World” by Mattias Fibiger

Monday December 18, “Defectors: How the Illicit Flight of Soviet Citizens Built the Borders of the Cold War World” by Erik Scott 

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks its anonymous individual donors and institutional partner (the George Washington University History Department) for their continued support.

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