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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.

Washington History Seminar Schedule
Fall 2014

September 8: Peter Finn (Washington Post), on The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle over a Forbidden Book

September 15: Lisa Leff (American University) on The Archive Thief

September 22: Malcolm Byrne (George Washington University) on new book on Iran-Contra

September 29: Akira Iriye (Harvard), on his reflections on the study of history today

October 6: Nathan Connolly (Hopkins), A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida.

October 13: Columbus Day, no seminar

October 20: Gregory Domber (University of North Florida), on Empowering Revolution: America, Poland, and the End of the Cold War

October 27: Austin Jersild (Old Dominion), on Sino-Soviet Relations and the Dilemmas of Socialist Bloc Cooperation: Czechoslovaks in Shanghai, 1956-57

November 3: Ken Hughes (UVA), on Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate

November 10: Veterans Day 11/11, no seminar

November 17: Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Monticello/UVA), on The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary World, and the Fate of Empire

November 24: Thanksgiving week, no seminar December 1: David Chappell (Oklahoma), Waking from the Dream: The Battle over Martin Luther King's Legacy

December 8: Sarah Snyder (American University), on Human Rights Before Carter

December 15: Suzy Kim (Rutgers), on Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950