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Washington History Seminars

SHAFR is pleased to support and affiliate with the Washington History Seminar, an initiative of the National History Center.

The seminar aims to facilitate the understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and places, and from multiple perspectives. It meets weekly on Monday afternoons at 4 p.m., January—May and September—December. Dane Kennedy of the National History Center directs the seminar.

Below is the list of speakers. Please visit the event site to find out more information or to watch a video presentation of the seminar.


In the Beginning Was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 4:00pm
Speaking Freely: Whitney v. California and American Speech Law
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 4:00pm
Global Rules: America, Britain, and a Disordered World
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 4:00pm
The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 4:00pm
Catastrophic Diplomacy: The History of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 4:00pm
The End of the Cold War in Hungary
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 4:00pm