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Past Hewlett Lectures

Liza Mundy: Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II

Panel: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I 

        • Brian Neumann,U.S. Army Center of Military History
        • Seth Rotramel, Historian's Office, Department of State
        • Mitch Yockelson, National Archives 
        • Dennis Conrad, Naval History and Heritage Command 

PANEL:  “The National Park Service at its 100th Anniversary”

PANEL:  “Legacies of the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965”

• Tom Gjelten, Correspondent for Religion and Belief on the National Desk at NPR
• Marian L. Smith, former Chief Historian for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
• Ruth Wasem, Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress
• Phil Wolgin, Center for American Progress


Anthony S. Pitch: “The Joys of Researching A Work of Non-Fiction”


Margo Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: “The Historian and Our Crisis of Data Collection vs. Privacy Rights”

Panel Discussion: “The Role of Federal Historians in Records Management” 

Lincoln Bramwell, U.S. Forest Service
Paul Wester, National Archives and Records Administration
KC Johnson, historian, Brooklyn College, CUNY


Adam Goodheart, Author of  1861: The Civil War Awakening – speaker cancelled

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

Archivist Ferriero spoke on his agenda for the major issues facing the National Archives, including records processing and management, declassification, electronic records, and access, as well as the use of the new social media.

Prof. William Roger Louis, former Chair of the State Department’s Advisory Board on Historical Diplomatic Documentation

Professor Louis spoke about his to decision to resign in protest from the Board in late 2008 and resulting insights on the challenges and issues involved in doing federal and public history.


Prof. Richard Breitman, American University
Professor Breitman spoke about his recent publication, Advocate for the Doomed: James G. McDonald and American Refugee Policy in the Roosevelt Years.

Brig. General Carl W. Reddel (USAF, Ret.)

General Reddel spoke on the Eisenhower Memorial Commission’s efforts to build a memorial to President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the national mall in Washington, D.C.

Donald A. Ritchie, Associate Historian, U.S. Senate

Remarks titled: “Senate Voices: Thirty Years of Oral History on Capitol Hill”

Dr. Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States

Dr. David Kahn, independent scholar of military intelligence

Remarks titled: “Writing about America’s First Government Codebreaker”

Brent Glass, Director, National Museum of American History

Richard Ben Veniste

Brian Lamb, CEO, C–SPAN

Shelia Burke, Smithsonian Institution
Remarks titled: “History from Capitol to Castle”



Dr. Arnita Jones, Executive Director, American Historical Association
Remarks titled: “The American Historical Association and Federal History”


David Satcher, MD, Surgeon Genderal
Remarks titled: “200th Anniversary of the Public Health Service”


Dr. John K. Menzies, former chief of the American mission in Sarajevo


Dr. Marc Pachter, Counselor to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
Remarks titled: “Reflections Upon a Professional Life at the Smithsonian”


John W. Carlin, Eighth Archivist of the United States
Remarks titled: “Strategic Directions for the National Archives”


Dr. Edwin C. Bearss, Special Assistant to the director for Military Sites at the National Park Service
Remarks titled: “Surviving on Capital Hill: A Historian’s Memoir”


Dr. Stanley L. Falk, former Chief Historian of the U.S. Air Force
Remarks titled: “Arma virumque cano: The Federal Military Historian as Singer, Scholar, and Resuscitator”


Scott Armstrong, former director, National Security Archives and now director of the Information Trust


Dr. Howard Gillette, Jr., Professor of American Studies, George Washington University
Remarks titled: “Washington, DC’s Two Reconstructions and Their Abiding Legacy”


Charles A. Bowsher, Comptroller General, General Accounting Office
Bowsher reviewed the history of the General Accounting Office prior to his tenure as Comptroller General and explained how its work and function changed over the years. Bowsher established the GAO history program in the mid–1980’s.



Dr. Samuel R. Gammon, Executive Director, American Historical Association
Remarks titled: “E Pluribus Unum: Public History and Academic History”


Dr. Heather Huyck, Professional Staff Member for the Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands of the House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs
Remarks titled: “Federal historians have a crucial role to play in preserving and interpreting American history”


Dr. Louis Galambos, Johns Hopkins University (specialist in the history of large–scale organizations)
Remarks titled: “Professional Values and Modern Times”


Dr. Wayne D. Rasmussen, former chief historian, Department of Agriculture
Remarks titled: “Life as a Federal Historian”


Wilbur J. Cohen, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
Remarks titled: “On the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Social Security Act of 1935”


Dr. Anna Kasten Nelson, Project Director, Committee on Records of Government
Remarks titled: “Past, Present, and Future: The Impact of a Changing Environment on Public Records”


Dr. Forrest C. Pogue, Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Institute for Historical Research, Smithsonian Institution
Remarks titled: “My Life as a Public Historian”


Dr. Walter Rundell, University of Maryland
Remarks titled: “A Historians Impact on Federal Policy: W. P. Webb as a Case Study”


Dr. Brooke Hindle, Senior historian, Smithsonian Institution
Remarks titled: “Science, Technology, and the Government: A View from the Smithsonian”


Dr. Richard Hewlett, former chief historian, Department of Energy
Remarks titled: “Reflections on a Career as a Federal Historian”


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