Conference: Rebuilding the American Economy—One Heirloom Tomato at a Time

March 04, 2011 // 8:00am4:00pm
The food system of the United States is currently witnessing a remarkable shift, with the revival of small farms and artisanal producers working with restaurants, institutional food services, and retail outlets to make locally-sourced, sustainably-produced food more widely available. On March 4, 2011, the Wilson Center hosted a day-long conference to explore this critical conjuncture.

Panel Discussion: "Rethinking Retirement: The Past and Future of Social Security"

February 22, 2011 // 2:00pm4:00pm
Andrew Biggs, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Charles Blahous, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution; Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute; Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women's Policy Research; Barbara Kennelly, President and CEO, National Committee to Preserve Medicare and Social Security; Mitchell Orenstein, Associate Professor of European Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

New Book Discussion: Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City

February 18, 2011 // 1:00pm3:00pm
Author Carla Peterson, Professor of English, University of Maryland; Mary Ryan, Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University; Adele Alexander, Adjunct Professor of History, George Washington University

Churchill's Cold War Revisited

February 14, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Winston Churchill's 1946 "iron curtain" speech was the opening shot in the Cold War for Stalin, Khrushchev, and most other Soviet leaders. Churchill's summit diplomacy of the years 1953–55, however, called for German unification on the basis of neutrality and the peaceful end of the East-West conflict. How can this apparent contradiction be explained? What were Churchill's motives? Klaus Larres revisits these issues and argues that Churchill's policies were coherent and made contributions toward possible solutions in a creative way.

New Book Discussion: The National Security Enterprise: Navigating the Labyrinth

February 14, 2011 // 11:00am1:00pm
Harvey Rishikof, Chair, Department of National Security Strategy and Professor of Law and National Security Studies, National War College; Roger George, National War College and Georgetown University; Mark Lowenthal, President & CEO, Intelligence & Security Academy

New Book Discussion: Secession as an International Phenomenon: From America's Civil War to Contemporary Separatist Movements

February 11, 2011 // 11:00am12:30pm
Editor Don Doyle, McCausland Professor of History, University of South Carolina and Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center; Oleksandr Merezhko, Head, International Law, University of Economics and Law, Kyiv, Ukraine and Kennan Institute Scholar; Andrew Zimmerman, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, George Washington University

Unfinished Business: Archives After Conflict in Guatemala, Sierra Leone, and South Africa

January 31, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
When a country emerges from conflict, citizens demand that perpetrators be held accountable for past violations of human rights; that the governmental system be reformed to prevent a future recurrence of past repressive practices; that the truth be told about what really happened, both in personal terms (such as learning the fate of a loved one) and in terms of how the society came to be what it was; and that reparation be made for the moral and material losses suffered during the period of oppression. Archives are essential to meet these demands.

Foreign Policy Challenges in the 112th Congress: The Global Economy

January 28, 2011 // 9:00am10:30am
Experts will discuss how key regions such as China and Europe as well as issues such as immigration and urban growth affect U.S. trade and finance policy.

Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves

January 24, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
This seminar will discuss the transnational history of how Europeans, Japanese, and other Asians came to promote saving by means of savings banks, postal savings, and war savings campaigns over the past two centuries. Historically, U.S. policies increasingly encouraged mass consumption and borrowing. After years of near-zero saving rates and growing household indebtedness, Americans are beginning to save again. What might we learn from other countries that boast much higher saving rates?

New Book Discussion: An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle Over Equality in Washington, D.C.

January 20, 2011 // 2:00pm4:00pm
The District of Columbia holds a unique place in the history of this country's struggle for racial equality, according to author Kate Masur.