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The Spring/Summer 2021 Washington History Seminar Lineup and Video Library

The History and Public Policy Program and the National History Center are pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Washington History Seminar lineup. All sessions take place on Zoom webinar from 4:00pm-5:30pm ET unless otherwise noted. Recordings of past sessions are available through the links.

The History and Public Policy Program and the National History Center are pleased to announce the Spring 2021 Washington History Seminar lineup. All sessions take place on Zoom webinar from 4:00pm-5:30pm ET unless otherwise noted. For past events, please click the link to view a recording of the session. For upcoming events, please see the event page for more details and RSVP instructions.

January 11: David Nasaw (with Lisa Moses Leff and Linda K. Kerber)
The Last Million: Europe’s Displaced Persons from World War to Cold War

January 25: Claudio Saunt (with Kathleen DuVal and Michael Witgen)
Unworthy Republic: The Dispossession of Native Americans and the Road to Indian Territory

January 29: Joan Wallach Scott (with Francine Hirsch and Thomas Holt)
On the Judgment of History

February 1: Sarah Miller-Davenport (with Daniel Immerwahr)
Gateway State: Hawai’i and Cultural Transformation of American Empire

February 8: Tyler Stovall (with Alice L. Conklin)
White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea

February 17: Giuliana Chamedes (with Cara Burnidge, Mary Heimann, and Piotr Kosicki)
A Twentieth Century Crusade: The Vatican’s Battle to Remake Christian Europe

February 22: Mark Levinson (with Margaret O’Mara and Maya Jasanoff)
Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed from Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas

February 26: Catherine Grace Katz (with Serhii Plokhii and Allida Black)
The Daughters of Yalta: The Churchills, Roosevelts, and Harrimans: A Story of Love and War

March 1: Brandon R. Byrd
The Black Republic: African Americans and the Fate of Haiti

March 8: Rosie Bsheer (with Sherene Seikaly and Asher Orkaby)
Archive Wars: The Politics of History in Saudi Arabia

March 15: Shaul Bakhash (with Merissa Khourma, Janet Afari, and Ervand Abrahimian)
The Fall of Reza Shah: The Abdication, Exile, and Death of Modern Iran’s Founder

March 22: Laura Robson (with Laila Parsons)
The Politics of Mass Violence in the Middle East

March 29: Christopher Capozzola (with Cindy I-Fen Cheng)
Bound by War: How the United States and the Philippines Built America’s First Pacific Century

April 5: Amanda Frost
You are Not a Citizen: Citizen Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers

April 12: Ronald Grigor Suny (with Wendy Goldmann and David Brandenburger)
Stalin: Passage to Revolution

April 19: Kate Masur (with Erica L. Ball)
Until Justice Be Done: America’s First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction

April 26: Vanni Pettina (with Renata Keller and Gil Joseph)
Latin America & the Global Cold War

May 3: James M. Banner Jr. (with Sarah Maza)
The Ever-Changing Past: Why All History is Revisionist History

May 10: Alex Wellerstein (with Kathleen M. Vogel)
Restricted Data: The History of Nuclear Secrecy in the United States

May 17: Joanne Meyerowitz
A War on Global Poverty: The Lost Promise of Redistribution and the Rise of Microcredit

May 24: Louis Menand (with Kathy Peiss)
The Free World: Art and Thought in the Cold War

June 1: Jeremy Brown (with Anna Wang and Joseph Torigian)
June Fourth: The Tiananmen Protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989

June 7: Donald Ritchie (with David Greenberg and Kathy Kiely)
The Columnist: Leaks, Lies, and Libel in Drew Pearson’s Washington

June 14: Dorothy Sue Cobble
For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality

June 21: Teasel Muir-Harmony
Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo

June 28: Patricia Sullivan (with Kenneth W. Mack)
Justice Rising: Robert Kennedy’s America in Black and White

July 7: Orville Vernon Burton and Armand Derfner
Justice Deferred: Race & The Supreme Court

July 12: Kai Bird
The Outlier: The Unfinished Presidency of Jimmy Carter

July 19: Donald Filtzer and Wendy Z. Goldman
Fortress Dark and Stern: The Soviet Home Front during World War II

July 26: Marvin Kalb
Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University and the National History Center) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the National History Center of 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 partners (the George Washington University History Department and the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest) for their continued support.

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