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The Spring 2023 Washington History Seminar Lineup

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

Monday January 23, “The Absolutely Indispensable Man: Ralph Bunche, the United Nations, and the Fight to End Empire” by Kal Raustiala

Monday January 30, “Euromissiles: The Nuclear Weapons that Nearly Destroyed NATO” by Susan Colbourn

Monday February 6, “Kennan: A Life between Worlds” by Frank Costigliola

Monday February 13, “When the News Broke: Chicago 1968 and the Polarizing of America” by Heather Hendershot (This session is hosted by the American Historical Association)  

Thursday February 23, “Civil War by Other Means: America's Long and Unfinished Fight for Democracy” by Jeremi Suri (This session is hosted by the American Historical Association)  

Monday February 27, “Fire and Rain: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Wars in Southeast Asia” by Carolyn Eisenberg

Monday March 6, “America’s Philosopher: John Locke in American Intellectual Life” by Claire Arcenas (This session is hosted by the American Historical Association)

Monday March 13, “Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq” by Melvyn Leffler

Monday March 20, “The Ends of Modernization: Nicaragua and the United States in the Cold War Era” by David Lee

Monday March 27, "Victorious in Defeat: The Life and Times of Chiang Kai-Shek, China, 1887-1975" by Alexander V. Pantsov (This session is co-sponsored with the Chiu Foundation)

Monday April 3, “Cold War Liberation: The Soviet Union and the Collapse of the Portuguese Empire in Africa, 1961-1975” by Natalia Telepneva

Monday April 10, “Adam Smith’s America: How a Scottish Philosopher Became an Icon of American Capitalism” by Glory Liu (This session is hosted by the American Historical Association)

Monday April 17, “A Woman's Life Is a Human Life: My Mother, Our Neighbor, and the Journey from Reproductive Rights to Reproductive Justice” by Felicia Kornbluh (This session is hosted by the American Historical Association)  

Monday April 24, “Ploughshares and Swords: India’s Nuclear Program in the Global Cold War” by Jayita Sarkar

Monday May 1, “Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power” by Jefferson Cowie (This session is hosted by the American Historical Association)

Monday May 8, “The Sassoons: The Great Global Merchants and the Making of an Empire” by Joseph Sassoon

Monday May 15, “The Wounded World: W.E.B. DuBois and the First World War” by Chad Williams

Monday May 22, “The Other Great Game: The Opening of Korea and the Birth of Modern East Asia” by Sheila Miyoshi Jager

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