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Hewlett Lecture

Past Hewlett Lectures

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

“The Role of Federal Historians in Records Management,”  a panel discussion

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

2011

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

2010

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.

2009

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.

2008

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.

2007

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.

2006

Donald A. Ritchie, Associate Historian, U.S. Senate
Remarks titled: “Senate Voices: Thirty Years of Oral History on Capitol Hill”

2005

Dr. Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States

2004

Dr. David Kahn, independent scholar of military intelligence
Remarks titled: “Writing about America’s First Government Codebreaker”

2003

Brent Glass, Director, National Museum of American History

2002

Richard Ben Veniste

2001

Brian Lamb, CEO, C–SPAN

2000

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

1999

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

1998

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

1997

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

1996

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

1995

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

1994

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”

1993

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”

1992

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

1991

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

1990

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.

1989

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

1988

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”

1987

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

1986

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

1985

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

1984

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”

1983

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

1982

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

1981

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

1980

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


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