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News | Nov. 28, 2022

NSA 2022 Henry F. Schorreck Memorial Lecture: historian and author Jason Steinhauer

The internet has changed history. Social media, Wikipedia, mobile networks, and the viral and visual nature of the Web have inundated the public sphere with historical information and misinformation, changing what we know about our history and History as a profession. Because Historians and Intelligence Analysts share many of the same skills and attributes, the NSA/CSS Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) invited noted historian and author Jason Steinhauer to be the 2022 Schorreck Memorial Lecturer.

Mr. Steinhauer will discuss how and why history matters. What role do history and the past play in our democracy? Our economy? National security? How do questions of history intersect with today’s most pressing debates about technology; the role of the media; the future of global politics, civilization and the planet?

As we collectively grapple with the impact of technology on our societies, scholars, educators, intelligence analysts, and the public should be aware of how the Web and social media shape what we know about ourselves – and crucially, about our past.
Jason Steinhauer is a best-selling author, public historian, podcast host, founder of the History Communication Institute, creator of History Club and a Global Fellow at The Wilson Center. In 2014, he coined the term "History Communicators" and has worked with colleagues worldwide to found the new field of History Communication. His best-selling book, History, Disrupted, examines how history gets communicated on the World Wide Web. As a manager, leader, fundraiser, curator, archivist, oral historian, researcher, lecturer, registrar, film director and board member, Jason has devoted his career to sharing history with the world and advocating for a more intelligent and informed citizenry based on knowledge of our past. Steinhauer earned his B.A. in American Studies from The George Washington University and an M.A. in History and Archival Management from New York University.  

The NSA/CSS Center for Cryptologic History (CCH) sponsors the annual Henry F. Schorreck Lecture featuring an outstanding academic or public figure. The lecture is named in Henry’s honor in recognition of the major role he played in making cryptologic history an effective educational tool inside NSA, in helping shape the academic field of cryptologic history, and in creating considerable good will toward NSA in the outside world.

Join us on December 2, 2022 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Magic Room at the National Cryptologic Museum. Click here to register for the event