Author Archives: Dane Kennedy

About Dane Kennedy

Dane Kennedy is the Director of the National History Center and the Elmer Louis Kayser Professor of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University, where he has taught British, British imperial, and world history since 2000. Prior to that he was a member of the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The past president of the North American Conference of British Studies, he has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2003-4) and a National Humanities Center Fellowship (2010-11). He has written five books, most recently The Last Blank Spaces: Exploring Africa and Australia (Harvard UP, 2013), and edited several others, including Reinterpreting Exploration: The West in the World (Oxford UP, 2013) for the National History Center’s Reinterpreting History series. He has also been one of the faculty members for the Center-sponsored International Decolonization Seminar since its founding in 2006.

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Is the European Refugee Crisis Unprecedented? Symposium at the German Historical Institute Provides Historical Perspective

A few weeks ago the European Union (EU) signed a controversial agreement with Turkey to staunch the flow of Syrian refugees to Europe. The agreement is a testament to Europe’s failure to cope with the millions of refugees who have reached its shores from Africa, the Balkans, and the Middle East over the past few years. This crisis seems unprecedented, but is it? The German Historical Institute took up this issue the other evening, hosting a fascinating panel discussion titled “Learning from the Past?

The first page of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Legacy of the Voting Rights Act

This year’s 50th anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act has been a bittersweet milestone. The passage of the act is rightly regarded as a landmark legislative achievement.

Photo: David Hawxhurst, courtesy of the Wilson Center.

David Kyvig

The National History Center has just lost a dear friend and supporter. David Kyvig passed away on Monday, the victim of a heart attack. 

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Intelligence Services and Civil Liberties

How have democracies tried to balance the desire for personal privacy and the demand for state security? This timely and troubling question lies at the heart of a new lecture series, “Intelligence Services and Civil Liberties: