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February 2021

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A new biography published about George Washington is unlike any other. Described as “form-shattering and myth-crushing,” “keen and savage,” as well as “spirited and engaging,” historian Alexis Coe’s “You Never Forget Your First” chronicles the life of our first president from a 21st century and “decidedly feminist” perspective. Coe says, “I set out to write a book that was true, and different, and that added any kind of diversity in approach, perspective, and, of course, author. I set out to…

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Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A Preview Interview with Marcia Chatelain From civil rights to Ferguson, Franchise reveals the untold history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America. Often blamed for the rising rates of obesity and diabetes among black Americans, fast food restaurants like McDonald's have long symbolized capitalism's villainous effects on our nation's most vulnerable communities. But how did fast food restaurants so thoroughly saturate black neighborhoods in the first place? In Franchise, acclaimed historian Marcia Chatelain…

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Discussing Race, Settler Colonialism, and Healthcare in the Age of COVID-19

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A Preview Interview with Dr. Maria K. John The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed major, sometimes fatal shortcomings in the U.S. healthcare system. Through a conversation about the recent history of healthcare, historians George Aumoithe and Maria K. John will shed light on today’s crisis. They will discuss what the history of healthcare policy can teach us about hospital capacity and epidemic preparedness in the twenty-first century, and explore how Indigenous, Black, and Latinx communities’ disproportionate exposure to COVID-19 infection and…

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March 2021

Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas

March 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A Preview Interview with Amy Offner https://youtu.be/4JTPN5fPvUw   The untold story of how welfare and development programs in the United States and Latin America produced the instruments of their own destruction In the years after 1945, a flood of U.S. advisors swept into Latin America with dreams of building a new economic order and lifting the Third World out of poverty. These businessmen, economists, community workers, and architects went south with the gospel of the New Deal on their lips,…

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Engaging the Evil Empire: Washington, Moscow, and the Beginning of the End of the Cold War

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A Preview Interview with Simon Miles https://youtu.be/JRTr8F0aag8   In a narrative-redefining approach, Engaging the Evil Empire dramatically alters how we look at the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Tracking key events in US-Soviet relations across the years between 1980 and 1985, Simon Miles shows that covert engagement gave way to overt conversation as both superpowers determined that open diplomacy was the best means of furthering their own, primarily competitive, goals. Miles narrates the history of these dramatic years, as…

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April 2021

Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A Preview Interview with Dr. Paul Renfro Beginning with Etan Patz's disappearance in Manhattan in 1979, a spate of high-profile cases of missing and murdered children stoked anxieties about the threats of child kidnapping and exploitation. Publicized through an emerging twenty-four-hour news cycle, these cases supplied evidence of what some commentators dubbed "a national epidemic" of child abductions committed by "strangers." In this book, Paul M. Renfro narrates how the bereaved parents of missing and slain children turned their grief…

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Season Finale: The Past, the Promise, the Presidency

April 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

28 Down. 1 to go. We started with Lincoln, and have made it to Biden. Join us LIVE for the season 1 finale of "The Past, the Promise, the Presidency: Race & the American Legacy," the CPH's inaugural podcast season.  If you’ve been with us from the start, or for any period of time since then, we're sure you’ve got questions!  And comments.  Critiques and thoughts. Join your podcast hosts Lindsay Chervinsky, Sharron Conrad, Jeffrey Engel, and the CPH team…

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The Cigarette: A Political History

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A Preview Interview with Dr. Sarah Milov The untold political story of the most controversial consumer product in American history. Tobacco is the quintessential American product. From Jamestown to the Marlboro Man, the plant occupied the heart of the nation’s economy and expressed its enduring myths. But today smoking rates have declined and smokers are exiled from many public spaces. The story of tobacco’s fortunes may seem straightforward: science triumphed over our addictive habits and the cynical machinations of tobacco…

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Cold War in Chinatown: Fighting for Chinese American Rights in the 1950s

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Zoom Webinar

                          In the 1950s, the US government not only called the new People’s Republic of China an enemy of the “free world” but also supported the Chinese Nationalist regime on Taiwan, which vowed to reconquer the Chinese mainland it had once ruled. In response, PRC leader Mao Zedong derided the United States as a “paper tiger” and promised to help defeat American aggression. The resulting international tensions both…

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May 2021

Rethinking American Grand Strategy

May 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A Preview Interview with Dr. Christopher Nichols A Preview Interview with Dr. Andrew Preston A Preview Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Engel A wide-ranging rethinking of the many factors that comprise the making of American Grand Strategy. What is grand strategy? What does it aim to achieve? And what differentiates it from normal strategic thought--what, in other words, makes it "grand"? In answering these questions, most scholars have focused on diplomacy and warfare, so much so that "grand strategy" has become…

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