Congressional Briefings

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The AHA’s Congressional Briefings series seeks to provide Congressional staff members, journalists, and other interested parties with the historical background to topics of current concern. The sessions are intended to be strictly nonpartisan and to avoid advancing particular policy prescriptions or legislative agendas.

The AHA is grateful to the Mellon Foundation for its generous support of the Congressional Briefings series.

Upcoming Congressional Briefings

History of US-China Relations
Friday, September 29 at 9 AM
Rayburn House Office Building Room 2044

The American Historical Association (AHA) will host a Congressional Briefing on the history of relations between the United States and China. The briefing will take place on September 29 at 9 AM ET in Rayburn House Office Building Room 2044. Moderator Tobie Meyer-Fong (Johns Hopkins Univ.) and panelists Kenneth Pomeranz (Univ. of Chicago), Shellen Xiao Wu (Lehigh Univ.), and Tim Weston (Univ. of Colorado, Boulder) will provide historical context essential to policy formation and analysis on US-China relations. We hope you will join us for this briefing; a breakfast spread and coffee will be served. 

Past Congressional Briefings

On July 28, the AHA hosted a Congressional Briefing that placed the issue of immigration along the southern US border in historical context. Geraldo Cadava (Northwestern Univ.), Nara Milanich (Barnard Coll., Columbia Univ.), and Mae Ngai (Columbia Univ.) presented historical perspectives on the southwestern border as the main site of controversy over immigration to the US. Watch the recording on C-SPAN.

Check out articles on past Congressional Briefings at Perspectives on History. Many briefings were recorded by C-SPAN and are available on the AHA’s YouTube channel.