The spring 2019 season of the Washington History Seminar

Dear Friend,

We are delighted to announce below the exciting schedule of speakers for the spring 2019 season of the Washington History Seminar (WHS). As a seminar attendee, you know that it is one of Washington D.C.’s most intellectually vibrant venues for thinking about the past and establishing its relevance to the present. Now, more than ever, we need the historical perspectives provided by the WHS.  To ensure this happens, we need your financial support.

Each week the seminar offers fresh perspectives on an important historical topic, bringing distinguished senior scholars, talented young historians, and other inquiring minds to talk about their recent research, reveal their latest discoveries, and engage in discussion with the audience. The WHS is a collaboration between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, which provides support staff and seminar space, and the National History Center, which contacts the speakers and makes their travel arrangements. We rely entirely on donations to fund its operations.

Please help us ensure the continued vitality of the WHS, now in its eighth year of existence. Any contribution will help. We especially welcome a sustaining commitment and will happily work with you to ensure that commitment is recognized in a meaningful manner.

Donations to both institutions are tax-deductible and all donations in response to this appeal will be used solely to fund the seminar. The Washington History Seminar will gratefully acknowledge your support, unless you prefer to remain anonymous.


Christian F. Ostermann
Woodrow Wilson Center


Dane Kennedy

National History Center


To make a donation to the Washington History Seminar, please click here, select “Other” from the Designation drop-down menu and write “Washington History Seminar” in the provided field, or send a check to Christian Ostermann, Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; Washington DC 20004-3027. Be sure to write “WHS” in the memo line. To make a donation to the National History Center, please click here or mail your check to Amanda Perry, Assistant Director, National History Center, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003.
January 14       Panel Discussion: Joshua Shifrinson on Rising Titans, Falling Giant: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts; Joseph Parent and Paul MacDonald on Twilight of the Titans: Great Power Decline and Retrenchment; David Edelstein on Over the Horizon: Time, Uncertainty, and the Rise of Great Powers; Stacie Goddard on When Right Makes Might: Rising Powers and World Order


January 28       Derek Leebaert on Grand Improvisation: America Confronts the British Superpower, 1945-1957


February 4       Kathleen Day on Bankers, Bailouts, and the Struggle to Tame Wall Street


February 12*       Fitzhugh Brundage on Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition


February 25       Kate Lemay on Triumph of the Dead: American WWII Cemeteries, Monuments, and Diplomacy in France


March 4       Stephan Kieninger on The Diplomacy of Détente: Cooperative Security from Schmidt to Shultz


March 11       Ngoei Wen-Qing on The Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States, and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia


March 18       Devin Fergus on Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class


March 25       Gail Hershatter on Women and China’s Revolution


April 1       Sarah Igo on The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America


April 4*       Robert Jervis on How Statesmen Thing: The Psychology of International Politics


April 8       Jennifer Miller on Cold War Democracy: The United States and Japan


April 15       Daniel Immerwahr on How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States


April 22       Felix Boecking on No Great Wall: Trade, Tariffs, and Nationalism in Republican China, 1927-1945


April 29       Konrad Jarausch on Broken Lives: How Ordinary Germans Experience the Twentieth Century


May 6       Piotr Kosicki on Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France and Revolution, 1891-1956


May 13       Joanne Freeman on The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War


*event does not take place on Monday.

Author: Aisseco

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