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The Kayser Memorial Lecture and the Kylan Jones-Huffman Memorial Lecture bring historians to campus to speak about their latest research and projects.

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History News Network editor-in-chief Kyla Sommers sat down with Sydney Blumenthal at a launch event celebrating the department’s acquisition of HNN in April 2019.

History News Network editor-in-chief Kyla Sommers sat down with Sydney Blumenthal at a launch event celebrating the department’s acquisition of HNN in April 2019.

The History Department manages the History News Network (HNN), a popular scholarly website. HNN’s mission is to bring historical perspective to current events through publishing original essays by professional historians. The website also aggregates stories published elsewhere that touch on history and its connection to world events.

HNN moved to the History Department in December of 2018. Kyla Sommers (BA ’13, PhD ’19) serves as editor-in-chief. The department has grand plans for HNN, including offering internship opportunities to help undergraduate and graduate students develop digital and public history experience.

To support the department and HNN’s mission, please consider donating. Visit our donation page and enter “History News Network” in the comments box.


Department News

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African Americans and Africa: A New History

Nemata Blyden discussed her latest book, "African Americans and Africa: A New History," at GW on October 22.
Eric Arnesen, George Washington University History Professor, C-SPAN3: American History: "American Democracy & Post-WWII Japan"

Eric Arnesen Discusses American Democracy on C-SPAN

Professor Eric Arnesen appeared on C-SPAN3 for the segment “American Democracy and Post-World War II Japan."

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History News Network Comes to GW

We are excited to announce that the popular website History News Network (HNN) has moved to the History Department.

An image of the late professor Leo Ribuffo, smiling.

Remembering Leo Ribuffo

The History Department community mourns the death of Leo Ribuffo, professor of 20th century U.S. history.

Eleanor Roosevelt speaking after receiving the 1956 Sidney Hillman public service award at the Commodore Hotel in New York City.

Bringing Eleanor Roosevelt's Legacy to Life

The words, wisdom and remarkable legacy of “The First Lady of the World” are being brought to life in an accessible digital archive through the painstaking work of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project, a GW-chartered research center within the Department of History.

Provost Forrest Maltzman and GW President Thomas LeBlanc flank Trachtenberg Faculty Prize winners Denver Brunsman, Craig Linebau

University Honors Outstanding Faculty

History faculty won in three of the university’s four award categories in 2018, recognizing educators for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research and service to the university.


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