Returned from Russia: Nazi Archival Plunder in Western Europe and Recent Restitution Issues

March 13, 2008 // 3:30pm5:30pm
Patricia K. Grimstead, Associate, Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University; Honorary Fellow, International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam; Michael Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Records Services, U.S. National Archives; Robert Wolfe, Senior Archivist (retired), U.S. National Archives

The Manhattan Project and its Cold War Legacy

February 20, 2008 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Cynthia C. Kelly, Atomic Heritage Foundation, William Lanouette, writer and policy analyst, Robert Furman, retired Army Major, and head of the first atomic intelligence unit, and James Hershberg, The George Washington University,

Black Market, Cold War: Everyday Life in Berlin, 1946–1949

February 13, 2008 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Paul Steege, an associate professor of history at Villanova University, a coeditor of the electronic discussion list H-German, and the author of Black Market, Cold War: Everyday Life in Berlin, 1946-1949. Hope M. Harrison, director of GWU's Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

The West's Secret Plan for the Mind: Book Distribution to East Europe during the Cold War

February 06, 2008 // 3:00pm5:00pm
Alfred Reisch, guest lecturer at Izmir University of Economics in Turkey; A. Ross Johnson, senior scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center.

Toward the Great Society: The Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson, February 1 - May 31, 1964.

January 18, 2008 // 2:30pm4:30pm
Kent Germany, Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of South Carolina and author of New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2007).Guian McKee, Assistant Professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia. Author of Liberalism and the Problem of Jobs: Public Policy and Community Action in Postwar Philadelphia (Univ. of Chicago press, forthcoming).David Shreve Formerly Assistant Professor at the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia.

Whither Europe? The Historic Significance of the De Gaulle-Monnet Debate on the Future of Europe

December 13, 2007 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Discussion with Klaus Schwabe, Professor Emeritus of Contemporary History, Historische Institut, University of Technology at Aachen, Germany

Nation Building in South Korea: Koreans, Americans, and the Making of a Democracy

December 04, 2007 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Speakers: Gregg A. Brazinsky, Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University's Elliot School of International Affairs; William W. Stueck Jr., Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Georgia; and James Delaney, a career CIA officer, and former CIA Station Chief in Seoul and Tokyo during the 1980's.

US Public Opinion and the Carter Administration's Response to Charter 77

November 28, 2007 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Featuring Vilem Precan, chairman of the board of the Czechoslovak Documentation Center, whose book on the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, written using Czech archival materials, infuriated the Soviet government, and led to his exile. Mark Kramer, director of the Harvard Project on Cold War Studies and a Senior Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. He has worked extensively in newly opened archives in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Germany, and Poland. Dr. Kramer is also the author of numerous books and articles on Cold War history.And Thomas S. Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Blanton served as the Archive's first Director of Planning & Research beginning in 1986, became Deputy Director in 1989, and Executive Director in 1992. His books include White House E-Mail: The Top Secret Computer Messages the Reagan-Bush White House Tried to Destroy. Blanton co-authored The Chronology, on the Iran-contra affair, and served as a contributing author to three editions of the ACLU's authoritative guide, Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws, and to the Brookings Institution study Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940.

Between the Crescent and the Swastika: The Emergence of Political Islam in Germany

November 26, 2007 // 11:30am1:00pm
with Dr. Stefan Meining, Wilson Center public policy scholar, and German public television editor


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