Fall 2022 Washington History Seminar series

The National History Center and the Wilson Center are pleased to announce the Fall 2022 season of the Washington History Seminar.

The seminars will all be held virtually via zoom and recordings will be posted to our YouTube channel.

Fall 2022 Lineup

September 12 with Caroline Elkins on Legacy of Violence A History of the British Empire

September 19 with Fritz Bartel on The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism

September 26 with Jonathan Haslam on The Spectre of War: International Communism and the Origins of World War Two

September 29* with Nicole Hemmer on Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s 

October 3 with Deborah Cohen on Last Call At the Hotel Imperial: The Reporters Who Took on a World at War

October 13* with Pnina Lahav on The Only Woman in the Room: Golda Meir and Her Path to Power

October 17 with David Hollinger on Christianity's Fate: How Religion Became More Conservative and Society More Secular

October 24 with Elisabeth Leake on Afghan Crucible: The Soviet Invasion and the Making of Modern Afghanistan

October 31 with Timothy Shenk on Realigners: Partisan Hacks, Political Visionaries, and the Struggle to Rule American Democracy

November 7 with Margaret A. Burnham on By Hands Now Known: Jim Crow's Legal Executioners

November 10* with Hussein Banai and Malcolm Byrne on Republics of Myth: National Narratives and the US-Iran Conflict

November 14 with Christopher Nichols on Ideology in U.S. Foreign Relations: New Histories

November 21 with Philippa Strum on On Account of Sex: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the making of Gender Equality Law

November 28 with Thomas Boghardtand Nicholas Reynolds for a panel on New Scholarship in US Intelligence History

December 8* with William Inboden on The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink

December 12 with Beverly Gage on G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century

December 19 with Marc Selverstone on The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam


All seminars will take place via zoom on Mondays at 4:00 pm EST with the exception of dates marked with an asterisk (*) which will be held on a non-Monday date, but will still be at 4:00 pm EST. Event invitations and zoom links will be circulated a week in advance of each event.


The seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University and the National History Center) and Christian Ostermann (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is organized jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks its anonymous individual donors and institutional partners (the George Washington University History Department and the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest) for their continued support.

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