History Events

Hafu: The Mixed-Race Experience in Japan

April 13, 2015 // 2:00pm4:15pm
Asia Program
With nearly 98 percent of the population believed to be nationals of the country, Japan can seem to be a racially homogenous society. For foreigners already calling Japan home, though, living in a country where there is little racial diversity can be a challenge. That includes those who are half-Japanese.

Murdering Patrice Lumumba

March 30, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
When Belgium relinquished control of the Belgian Congo in June 1960, a charismatic Patrice Lumumba became prime minister of the new Republic. Stability immediately broke down. The army mutinied, while Katanga Province seceded. Six months later Lumumba was murdered in Katanga; his undisputed rule as Congo’s first democratically elected leader had lasted ten weeks. Over fifty years later, the circumstances and symbolism of Lumumba’s assassination still troubled people around the world. Bruce Kuklick examines this defining event in postcolonial Africa. He reveals a tangled international political history in which many people—black and white, well-meaning and ruthless, African, European, and American—bear responsibility for the untimely death of a national dream.
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The Modi Effect: Inside Narendra Modi’s Campaign to Transform India

March 30, 2015 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Asia Program
Nearly one year ago, India kicked off a five-week election process that would ultimately produce a resounding victory for Narendra Modi. With more than 800 million eligible voters, India’s 2014 national election was the largest—and longest—in history. Lance Price was given exclusive access to Modi and his top advisers to write The Modi Effect.

Book Talk: "Gulag Town, Company Town Forced Labor and Its Legacy in Vorkuta"

March 25, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Kennan Institute
What was the relationship between the Gulag and Soviet society? What was the legacy of Stalin's massive system of forced labor? This talk explored answers to these questions using the case of Vorkuta, one of the Soviet Union's most notorious prison camp complexes.

Mourning Lincoln: Rethinking the Aftermath of the Civil War

March 23, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
Public responses to Lincoln’s assassination have been well chronicled, but Martha Hodes is the first to delve into personal and private responses—of African Americans and whites, Yankees and Confederates, soldiers and civilians—investigating the story of the nation’s first presidential assassination on a human scale. Black freedom, the fate of former Confederates, and the future of the nation were at stake for everyone, whether they grieved or rejoiced when they heard the news.

Book Talk: New Translation "Anna Karenina"

March 23, 2015 // 2:00pm3:00pm
Kennan Institute
This talk explored the translation history of Anna Karenina, and the particular role played by Constance Garnett and Louise and Aylmer Maude in establishing Tolstoy’s reputation in the English-speaking world. This led to a discussion of some of the novel’s less well-known, but surprisingly revealing aspects, as seen from the grass-roots level of a contemporary translator, and, through a comparison of the fictional Anna with her real-life British contemporary Louise Jopling, a reconsideration of the novel’s relationship to the “woman question” in late 19th-century Russia.

Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War

March 18, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Asia Program
Seventy years after the end of World War II, unfinished postwar reconciliation continue to haunt relations between Asian nations. Japan finds itself at the heart of the regional politics, and its reflections, attitude and remarks toward this part of history still arouse a strong public sentiment particularly in China and Korea. Read the summary and policy recommendations here!

"Empire" and "Invitations": Geir Lundestad’s Impact on Cold War Scholarship in Perspective

March 13, 2015 // 3:00pm5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
Geir Lundestad has been the Director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo and Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1990, retiring at the end of 2014 as director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. Geir has made an enormous scholarly contribution to the field of history and supported many scholarly endeavors in the social sciences through the Nobel Institute fellowship and symposia program inaugurated under his leadership. Please join us for a symposium honoring Professor Geir Lundestad at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

The Danger of the Single Story: African Americans' Anticolonialism in the Early Cold War

March 09, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
After the onset of the Cold War, fierce anticolonialism emanated solely out of the black left, which paid dearly for opposing U.S. imperial policy. Meanwhile African American liberals, such as the NAACP, turned their backs on Asians and Africans determined to be free, colluded with the Truman administration’s support of European empires, and received, in return a few pieces of civil rights tokens. Carol Anderson will speak about her latest book, "Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960."

To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party

March 02, 2015 // 4:00pm5:30pm
History and Public Policy Program
How did the Republican Party—the progressive party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Dwight D. Eisenhower—become the reactionary party of today? Over the one hundred and sixty years of their history, Republicans have swung repeatedly from championing the middle class to protecting the rich. Their story reveals the tensions inherent in America’s peculiar brand of government: how can a democracy promote individual economic opportunity at the same time it protects property?

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