Wilson Center at 50: Living Memorial Celebrates Half-Century of Public Service

As the Wilson Center celebrates its 50th anniversary, Wilson Center NOW looks back at the Center’s history with Robert S. Litwak, Senior Vice President and Director of International Security Studies. From the vantage point of Litwak's more than three-decade career at the Center, we discuss the organization’s impact and relevance past, present, and future.  We also learn about what sets the Wilson Center apart from other DC institutions and how it has evolved since its founding in October of 1968.


Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation

Thank you for your interest in the event. Due to high response, we are not accepting any more registrations at this time. Please tune-in live to this webpage on November 28th to watch the event. 


VIDEO | The Life of a Living Memorial

From idea to reality, from the Smithsonian Castle to Pennsylvania Avenue, and from traditional research to a modern, digital presence, the Wilson Center has expanded and evolved over its 50 years. Former Deputy Director Samuel Wells traces the life of this “living memorial” in three short videos.

The Wilson Center Celebrates 50 Years of Impact

Today, the Wilson Center has reached a milestone. Exactly fifty years ago, on October 24, we received a Congressional mandate to open our doors to Washington and the world. Along with that mandate, we had a vision to bridge the domains of scholarship and policymaking for the public good.

Q&A with Dr. Carla Hayden on the Digitization of Woodrow Wilson's Papers

Thank You for Your Support on Our 50th



As a non-profit, we rely on your generosity to keep us working, innovating, and turning our vision into action. Please consider making a contribution on this special birthday.

Coming Soon: The Wilson Quarterly’s Anniversary Edition



In honor of the Wilson Center’s 50th birthday, its award-winning digital magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, announces a special anniversary edition!

Launching this November, the issue will feature essays by:

Wilson's Legacy Reconsidered

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Wilson Center convened distinguished experts and prominent Center alumni to explore the relevance of President Woodrow Wilson’s international and domestic record for today.

To what extent is the 28th president’s vision for world order still applicable in the face of the profound shifts that the international system is undergoing at present? Are there lessons to be learned from his domestic policy accomplishments and failures?


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Exhibition Opening: Czechs and Slovaks on Their Difficult Road to Peace and Independence

The Wilson Center is pleased to host an opening exhibition with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic commemorating the centennial anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. 

World War I redrew the map of Europe, resulting in newly independent countries including Czechoslovakia. Delve into period photographs and newspaper clippings, accompanied by historical analysis, to deepen your understanding of the quest for independence, whether in politics or in combat, by the Czechs, Slovaks, and their supporters abroad.