Washington History Seminar

The Washington History Seminar (WHS) series is held weekly on Mondays (unless otherwise noted) during the Fall and Spring academic semesters. The series is co-sponsored by the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. Recordings of each event are posted to the WHS YouTube channel.  If you have questions about the seminars, please email Rachel Wheatley at rwheatley@historians.org

Fall 2023 Semester

"Homelands: A Personal History of Europe" 
Rescheduled Date: September 14, 2023*
Panelists: Timothy Garton Ash (Univ. of Oxford); Holly Case (Brown Univ.); Kristina Spohr (Johns Hopkins Univ.)

"Never Again Germans and Genocide after the Holocaust"
September 18, 2023
Panelists: Andrew Port (Wayne State Univ.); Jeffrey Herf (Univ. of Maryland); Hope Harrison (George Washington Univ.) 

"The Age of Interconnection: A Global History of the Second Half of the Twentieth Century"
September 28, 2023*
Panelists: Jonthan Sperber (Univ. of Missouri); Catherine Epstein (Amherst Coll.); 

"Economists in the Cold War: How a Handful of Economists Fought the Battle of Ideas"
October 2, 2023
Allan Bollard (Victoria Univ., Wellington); Ariane Dupont-Kieffer (Sorbonne Univ.); Kathryn Lavelle (Case Western Reserve Univ.); J. Bradford Delong (Univ. of California, Berkeley)

"Into the Bright Sunshine: Young Hubert Humphrey and the Fight for Civil Rights"
October 12, 2023*
Samuel Freedman (Columbia Univ.), Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (Loyola Univ.), Jane Dailey (Univ. of Chicago)

"Americans in a World at War: Intimate Histories from the Crash of Pan Am's Yankee Clipper"
October 16, 2023
Brooke Blower (Boston Univ.), Eric Rauchway (Univ. of California, Davis), Mary Dudziak (Emory Univ.)

"Dreams for a Decade: International Nuclear Abolitionism and the End of the Cold War"
October 23, 2023
Stephanie Freeman (US Dept. of State); Susan Colbourn (Duke Univ.); Svetlana Savranskaya (George Washington Univ.); Luc-André Brunet (The Open Univ.)

"An Army Afire: How the US Army Confronted Its Racial Crisis in the Vietnam Era"
October 30, 2023
Beth Bailey (Univ. of Kentucky); Gregory Daddis (San Diego State Univ.)

"The Struggle for Iran: Oil, Autocracy, and the Cold War, 1951-1954"
November 6, 2023
David Painter (Georgetown Univ.); Gregory Brew (Eurasia Group); Mary Ann Heiss (Kent State Univ.)

"France on Trial: The Case of Marshal Pétain"
November 13, 2023
Julian Jackson (Univ. of Cambridge); Shannon Fogg (Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology); Alice Kaplan (Yale Univ.)

"24/7 Politics: Cable Television & the Fragmenting of America from Watergate to Fox News"
November 20, 2023
Kathryn Brownell (Purdue Univ.); Margaret O'Mara (Univ. of Washington); Nicole Hemmer (Vanderbilt Univ.)

"The Nationalist Dilemma: A Global History of Economic Nationalism, 1776-Present"
November 27, 2023
Marvin Suesse (Trinity Coll.); Erika Rappaport (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara)

"Forgotten Warriors: The Long History of Women in Combat"
December 4, 2023
Sarah Percy (Univ. of Queensland)

"Suharto's Cold War: Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and the World"
December 11, 2023
Mattias Fibiger (Harvard Univ.); Brad Simpson (Univ. of Connecticut)

"Defectors: How the Illicit Flight of Soviet Citizens Built the Borders of the Cold War World" 
December 18, 2023
Erik Scott (Univ. of Kansas); Francine Hirsch (Univ. of Madison-Wisconsin); Amy Knight (London School of Economics)

*Denotes an irregular seminar date (not held on a Monday)