Welcome to History Camp Discussions

History Camp Discussions is a weekly event that welcomes historians, researchers, and authors for an informal chat (usually about 45 minutes) about their work, research, or recent publications. In the spirit of History Camp, we welcome a wide variety of topics and coverage and welcome different points of views.

Upcoming Events

Boston Public Library

May 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

Ilyon Woo — Master Slave Husband Wife

June 13 @ 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm EDT

About History Camp Author Discussions

Weekly History Camp Author Discussions use a lively, conversational approach to learn more about an interesting historical topic from a noted history author. Past guests include David Blight, Tom Clavin, Charles Fishman, Allen Guelzo, Arthur Herman, Damien Lewis, Joyce Lee Malcolm, Thomas Ricks, Andrew Roberts, Stacy Schiff, and Amity Shlaes, among many others.

History Camp Author Discussions are free to all—no registration needed—and stream to our HistoryCamp.org/discussions page and to multiple social media platforms. After the broadcast, they live on forever in our archive at HistoryCamp.org/archive, each on a dedicated page with additional information about the author.

Topics cover all aspects of history. We do not include historical fiction and we do not cover modern politics. (For “modern,” we draw the line at the Nixon administration.) If a book includes modern history, we take our discussion up to that point and leave our guests to read more in the author’s book.

Many books discussed on History Camp Author Discussions are available for purchase through The Pursuit of History bookshop.

A project of the non-profit organization The Pursuit of History

History Camp Author Discussions are a project of the The Pursuit of History, the non-profit organization that engages adults in conversation about history and connects them with historic sites in their communities and across the country through innovative in-person and online programming.

History Camp was founded in 2014 as an annual in-person event. History Camp Author Discussions began in April 2020. With the re-opening of in-person events beginning with History Camp Boston 2022, we have had some of our guests on History Camp Discussions join us and present in-person. At History Camp Boston 2023, four Discussion guests joined us and presented at Suffolk University Law School, the venue for our annual event that is on the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston and directly across from the Old Granary Burying Ground.

Contact us

To recommend a book or offer an author for History Camp Discussions, contact us at Discussions@HistoryCamp.org. We look forward to hearing from you.