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Announcing the Fall 2016 Washington History Seminar Schedule

Dear Friend,

We are delighted to announce the schedule for the fall season of the Washington History Seminar (WHS).  You will be pleased to see that we have an exciting lineup of speakers who will be sure to sustain the seminar’s reputation as one of Washington D.C.’s most intellectually vibrant venues for thinking about the past and establishing its relevance to the present.  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 and reveal their latest discoveries.
As someone who has attended the seminar, you know all this. What you may not know is that the seminar has thus far operated on a shoestring.  The program 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.  The two institutions jointly plan the speakers program, host a small reception, and conduct outreach.  The WHS relies entirely on grants and donations to fund its operations.   
We are writing to urge you to support the Washington History Seminar.  Any contribution will help, but we would be especially grateful if you would consider donating at one of the levels listed below. If you are unable to support the program personally we would welcome your ideas and suggestions for potential donors in your networks.

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.


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     Dane Kennedy                                Christian Ostermann
     National History Center                   Wilson Center
To make a donation to the Washington History Seminar, please click here or mail your check to Amanda Moniz, Assistant Director, National History Center, 400 A St. SE, Washington, DC 20003.  To make a donation to the Woodrow Wilson Center, 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.

Please choose a recommended donation level:

  • $1,000 Patron
  • $500 Benefactor
  • $250 Friend
  • $125 Supporter

Washington History Seminar Fall 2016 Schedule

September 12: Wm. Roger Louis Lecture: Salim Yaqub (University of California at Santa Barbara) on Imperfect Strangers: Americans and Arabs in the 1970s

September 19: Matthew Dallek (George Washington University) on Defenseless Under Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security

September 26: Niall Ferguson (Stanford University) on Kissinger

October 17: Katherine Turk (University of North Carolina) on Equality on Trial: Gender and Rights in the Modern American Workplace

October 24: Mark Philip Bradley (University of Chicago) on The United States and the Origins of the Global Human Rights Imagination

October 31: Tyler Anbinder (George Washington University) on City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York

November 7: Amanda Moniz (National History Center/AHA) on From Empire to Humanity: The American Revolution and the Origins of Humanitarianism

November 14: Manish Sinha (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) on The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition

November 28: Nicole Hemmer (University of Virginia’s Miller Center) on Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics

December 5: Jeremy Friedman (Harvard University) on Shadow Cold War: The Sino-Soviet Competition for the Third World

December 12: Susan Carruthers (Rutgers University) on The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace

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