The Department of History and Politics hosts three kinds of events: a series of Town Hall discussions on current events of interest to the campus community, a speaker series through the American Heritage Initiative which includes a number of events throughout the year including the annual Constitution Day Luncheon in the fall and American Heritage Conversation in the spring, and the Marymount Graduates in Public Affairs Forum which features conversations with early-career Marymount graduates who work in public and international affairs.  

The American Heritage Initiative works in partnership with the Arlington Historical Society to promote joint events, including a monthly speaker series is held on the Marymount campus during the school year and at the main Arlington Public Library when school is on break. 

Upcoming events:

Fall 2017 events will be posted in August. 

Past events:

A Celebration of Historic African American Churches in Arlington

Thursday, February 7, 7:00 p.m., Gerard Dining Hall
With Saundra Green, Calloway United Methodist Church; Brenda J. Cox, Lomax A.M.E. Zion Church; John Henderson, Mount Zion Baptist Church; Moderated by Carolyn Burrell.

The Media and the Presidential Election

Claire Wardle
American Heritage Conversation
Wednesday, February 1, 12:00-1:00, Gerard Dining Hall

Gregory Kulacki: Nuclear Weapons and U.S.—China Relations

China Project Manager for the Union of Concerned Scientists
Town Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, 12:00-1:00, Rowley G209

Alyssa Batchelor

Marymount Graduates in Public Affairs Forum
Wednesday Nov. 2, 2016, noon, Rowley G209

Ask a Political Science Professor! Presidential Election Edition

Chad Rector
Town Hall

Tuesday Oct. 4, 2016, 5:00-6:15, Reinsch Auditorium

Mark Holt: Making Notes in the Bible in Reformation Europe

Leverett Memorial Lecture

Wednesday Oct. 5, 2016, 12:00-1:00, Cafeteria Zone 2

Janine Byas and Tom Conley, U.S. Department of State

Marymount Graduates in Public Affairs Forum
Wednesday Sept. 28, 2016, 12:00, Rowley G209

George Washington's Constitution and the Invention of the Presidency

Douglas Bradburn
American Heritage Initiative Constitution Day Luncheon

Wednesday Sept. 14, 2016, 12:15-1:30, Cafeteria

An Ordinary Hero

Joan Mulholland
Wednesday Mar. 2, 2016 (Noon) Cafeteria

Bridge Builders of Nauck/Green Valley

Alfred O. Taylor, Jr.
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 (7-9pm) Reinsch Auditorium

Arlington Soldiers in WWI

Annette Benbow
November 13, 2015 (7-9pm) Reinsch Auditorium 

Mrs. Lee’s Flower Garden:  The True Story of the Founding of Arlington National Cemetery

Carlo Devito
October 8, 2015 (7-9pm) Reinsch Auditorium 

Constitution Day Luncheon
Demanding the Right to Vote: The Story behind the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Dr. Spencer Crew
September 16th (noon-1pm) Main Campus Dining Hall

Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Greatest Poet

Garrett Peck
September 10, 2015 (7-9pm) Reinsch Auditorium 

Contraband Camps in Northern Virginia

Ron Baugaurten
April 9, 2015, 7 p.m. in the Reinsch Auditorium

The History of the George Washington Memorial Parkway
David Lassman
March 12, 2015, 7 p.m. in the Reinsch Auditorium

Shenandoah:  A Story of Conservation and Betrayal

Sue Esienfield
February 12, 2015, 7 p.m. in the Reinsch Auditorium

Hollywood and Arlington

Rob Far
January 8, 2015, 7 p.m. in the Reinsch Auditorium