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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.

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Nemata Blyden and Paul Wahlbeck speak on a stage with the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences logo behind them

Africa's Impact on the African American Experience

How does Africa figure in “real and imagined ways” to the African American experience? Professor of History and International Affairs Nemata Blyden spoke with CCAS Dean  Paul Wahlbeck about the customs and traditions—from religion and food to language and music—that carried over from the African continent centuries ago and can still be seen today. 

Professor Christopher Brick at his desk listening and recording a podcast

Failing Grade: Are Americans Flunking History?

History professor Christopher Brick has a lesson plan to raise our humanities IQ.

During World War II, Jews in France like Denise Bauman were required to carry identity cards. (Photos Courtesy Ashley Valanzola)

Commemorating History’s Dark Chapter

PhD student Ashley Valanzola is researching the stories of six extraordinary Jewish women—Holocaust survivors who worked to honor the memory of lives lost.

Three students at Mt. Vernon point at paintings on the wall

Student-Led Exhibition, "George Washington and His World," Opens at the GW Museum

Seventeen students in Prof. Denver Brunsman's course, "George Washington and His World," curated an exhibition of the same name about how Alexandria, Mount Vernon, and Washington, D.C., shaped George Washington.
Jamestown colonists trade with Wampanoag Indians at Martha’s Vineyard in this 1597 Theodor de Bry illustration. (Courtesy The Ne

Carving Up the Thanksgiving Story

In his new book, David J. Silverman takes a close look at the traditional Thanksgiving story and the distortion of facts surrounding its legacy for Native Americans.
Picture of Nemata Blyden

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.


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