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.

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.

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. 

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: 

The National History Center’s Congressional Briefing on the Ebola Epidemic

What can historians contribute to the policy debate about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa? Quite a lot, it turns out. On November 17, the National History Center sponsored a congressional briefing titled “Historical Perspectives on the Ebola Epidemic and the African Health Crisis.” Three distinguished historians of medicine in Africa—Randall Packard of Johns Hopkins University, Gregg Mitman of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Julie Livingston of NYU and Rutgers University—spoke at the briefing. They did what historians do best—historicize and contextualize a subject.