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2016 International Seminar on Decolonization

This summer, the National History Center, in conjunction with the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, held the tenth and final International Seminar on Decolonization, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

For the month of July, 15 decolonization scholars from across the world converged on DC to conduct research in the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and various other institutions.

Read Dane Kennedy's reflections on the
Seminar's legacy
and Pillarisetti Sudhir's thoughts on the use of archives in the study of decolonization.

The National History Center is pleased to announce a



Congressional Briefing on the History of Incarceration 

Alex Lichenstein (Indiana University); Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Schomburg Center), and Heather Ann Thompson (University of Michigan) will discuss the history of incarceration in the United States.

The briefing will be held Friday, October 9th from 1 to 2 PM in room 2226 of the Rayburn Building.


Mark Your Calendars

The Washington History Seminar begins soon!

The first seminar of the 2015-6 season will be held on September 17.

See the full schedule for more details.


The Center is pleased to thank the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and George Washington University's History Department for their generous support of the Seminar.  

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Dane Kennedy remembers the Center's dear friend David Kyvig.

Kate Brown reflects on her presentation to the Washington History Seminar and discusses the challenges of historical work in the postmodern world.


Don't forget to check out the Summer 2015 issue of Perspectives on History, the newsmagazine of the American Historical Association!

Intern Updates

Kevin Hess recaps the Center's second annual reception for congressional interns.

Chelsea Tegels reflects on her thinking about a career in history.  

We'd like to thank our summer interns
Chelsea Tegels (Georgetown University, MA),

Kevin Hess (University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA),
and Cristina Belli (Brown University, BA)
for all of their hard work these past few months!



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