Events

  • Book cover for Number One Realist

    Oxford University Press

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Nathaniel L. Moir — Number One Realist: Bernard Fall and Vietnamese Revolutionary Warfare

    Mon., June 6, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

    Online

    As the United States reflects on its infamous history of “forever wars” and searches for lessons to avoid similar entanglements in the future, join the Belfer Center’s Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members—distinguished historians and public servants—study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

  • Book cover for Victory at Sea

    Ian Marshall

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Victory at Sea: Paul Kennedy on How Naval Power Reshaped the World

    Tue., May 3, 2022 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    Belfer Building - Starr Auditorium, Floor 2.5

    Join the Applied History Project for a lecture and panel discussion featuring Paul Kennedy, the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History at Yale University and celebrated author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. Focusing on his new book Victory at Sea: Naval Power and the Transformation of the Global Order in World War II, Kennedy will explore how the great navies of WWII turned the globe upside down between 1936 and 1946—and what lessons this decade offers for today’s world.

  • Book cover for The Twilight Struggle

    Yale University Press

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Hal Brands — The Twilight Struggle: What the Cold War Teaches Us about Great-Power Rivalry Today

    Thu., Mar. 24, 2022 | 4:30pm - 5:45pm

    Online

    As the United States faces alignment between a violently resurgent Russia and a full-spectrum competitor in China, join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members—distinguished historians and public servants—study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

  • Book cover for Doom

    Penguin Press

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Niall Ferguson – Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

    Thu., Dec. 2, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Online

     

    As the U.S. and the world struggle to surmount the twin health and economic disasters sparked by COVID-19—and as forward-looking leaders contemplate how to avoid making similar mistakes in future crises—join the Belfer Center’s Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members—distinguished historians and public servants—study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

  • Book cover for Not One Inch

    Yale University Press

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Mary Elise Sarotte and Robert Zoellick — Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate

    Mon., Nov. 15, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

    Online

    As the world marks the 30th anniversary of one of the 20th century's most earthshaking developments—the collapse of the Soviet Union—join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members—distinguished historians and public servants—study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

  • Carmen Reinhart

    The World Bank Group

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Carmen Reinhart – Lessons from History for the COVID Economic Recovery

    Thu., May 6, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

    Online

    At a time when U.S. federal debt is at its highest level since World War II—and the post-COVID economic recovery around the world remains uncertain—join the Belfer Center’s Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Work Group. Its members—distinguished historians and public servants—study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

  • Book cover for Tomorrow, the World

    Harvard University Press

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Applied History: Paul Kennedy and Stephen Wertheim on America's Rise to Supremacy

    Mon., Apr. 5, 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm

    Online

    As the United States grapples with a world changed by a rapidly rising China—and considers its own role by questioning how and why it grew into a postwar "superpower"—join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members—distinguished historians and public servants—study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Niall Ferguson – Cold War 2.0?

    Thu., Mar. 25, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

    Online

    As America confronts a rapidly rising China – and ponders how to approach this daunting test – join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members – distinguished historians and public servants – study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Fareed Zakaria – Lessons for Building Back Better

    Thu., Mar. 4, 2021 | 3:15pm - 4:30pm

    Online

    As our nation looks ahead to a brighter, post-COVID future, join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group.  Its members – distinguished historians and public servants –study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

  • Abraham Lincoln

    Alexander Gardner

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Jon Meacham – Healing a House Divided

    Wed., Feb. 10, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm

    Online

    As our society struggles to bridge its deepest divisions, join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members – distinguished historians and public servants – study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

  • Book cover for WAR: How Conflict Shaped Us

    Random House

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Margaret MacMillan – WAR: How Conflict Shaped Us

    Tue., Nov. 10, 2020 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Online

    At a time when the threat of conflict has increased in hotspots across the globe – and historical knowledge is on the decline in both the public and government – join the Belfer Center’s Applied History Project for an open session of our Applied History Working Group. Its members – distinguished historians and public servants – study the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges we face today.

  • Book cover for America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

    Twelve Books

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Robert Zoellick — America in the World: A History of U.S. Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

    Wed., Oct. 7, 2020 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Online

    At a time when American diplomacy is riven by partisan politics – and historical knowledge is on the decline in both the public and the government – join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for our Fall 2020 Applied History Series. The Applied History Series celebrates recent publications of leading members of Harvard’s Applied History Working Group. These distinguished historians and public servants have studied the past to illuminate the most pressing challenges faced today.

  • Book cover for Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?

    Harvard University Press

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Alexander Keyssar — Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?

    Wed., Sep. 30, 2020 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Online

    In the midst of the most hotly contested election in generations – when citizens and scholars alike struggle to understand the stresses straining our political system – join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for our Fall 2020 Applied History Series.  By consulting distinguished public servants and historians, this speaker series illuminates today's world by looking to lessons from the past.

  • Book cover for JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

    Random House

    Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Fredrik Logevall — JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917-1956

    Wed., Sep. 23, 2020 | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    Online

    At a moment when America's global leadership is in doubt – and when reasoned statecraft is needed more than ever – join the Belfer Center's Applied History Project for our Fall 2020 Applied History Series.  By consulting distinguished public servants and historians, this speaker series illuminates today's world by looking to lessons from the past.

  • Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    General Jim Mattis and Graham Allison: "Applying History in Statecraft"

    Thu., Oct. 31, 2019 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Taubman Building - Nye A, B, & C, 5th Floor

    The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a discussion with General Jim Mattis, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.), 26th United States Secretary of Defense, on “Applying History in Statecraft.” The conversation will be moderated by Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard Kennedy School.