NASIH Virtual Brown Bags

The Society runs frequent virtual brown bags on Zoom to provide intelligence historians a venue to discuss their work. Presentations can take the form of talks on upcoming projects, unpublished work, published articles or published books. 

All brown bags take place on Tuesdays, 12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern.


Registration for brown bags is through Eventbrite. Links to registration pages can be found here, on our Twitter feed, by searching Eventbrite, on our Twitter feed, and in emails sent to members.

To suggest a topic for a brown bag please email Mark Stout at

The last Tuesday of every month is reserved for meetings of the Silent Game Book Club, which is devoted to the scholarly discussion of spy fiction. For more information see the link on the website or email

Our schedule also includes brown bags offered by the Women’s Intelligence Network (WIN). To register to attend a WIN Brown Bag, email

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May 18, 2021, Arne Kislenko, Ph.D. “'By any methods’: Thailand’s National Intelligence Agency.” Dr. Kislenko is a professor at Ryerson University. 

May 25, 2021, Silent Game Book Club

June 2, 2021 WIN Brown Bag 

June 8, 2021, Michael Graziano, Ph.D. “Religion and the History of the CIA.” The talk will be based on the forthcoming book, Errand into the Wilderness: Religion and the History of the CIA. Dr. Graziano is assistant professor of religion at the University of Northern Iowa. Chair: Mark Stout

June 15, 2021, Mallory Needleman. “Wartime Intelligence Collection: Inside the American Legation in Stockholm, 1941-1944.” Mallory Needleman is a Ph.D. student at American University. Chair: Mark Stout

June 22, 2021 Christopher M. Elias, Ph.D. "Gossip Men: J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy, Roy Cohn and the Transformation of American Politics." University of Chicago Press, 2021. This talk will be based on Dr. Elias' book Gossip Men: J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy, Roy Cohn and the Politics of InsinuationDr. Elias is a Visiting Professor of History, St. Olaf College. Chair: Sarah-Jane Corke

June 29, 2021, Silent Game Book Club


July 6, 2021 WIN Brown Bag TBA


July 13, 2021, Tony Insall, Ph.D., “Secret Alliances: Special Operations and Intelligence in Norway 1940-1945.” This talk will be based on Dr. Insall’s book of the same name, which is newly out in paperback.

July 27, 2021, Silent Game Book Club

August 3, 2021, Steve Usdin, “Stranger than Fiction, John Franklin Carter’s Career as FDR’s Spy." Steve Usdin is an independent scholar. Chair: Mark Stout

August 4, 2021 WIN Brown Bag

August 24, 2021, Brian Masaru Hayashi, Ph.D., “Race Matters But Not in the Way You Might Think: The OSS and its Asian-American Agents during World War II.” This talk will draw on Dr. Hayashi’s new book, Asian American Spies: How Asian Americans Helped Win the Allied Victory. Dr. Hayahsi is a professor in the Department of History at Kent State University.

August 31, 2021 Silent Game Book Club

September 1 WIN Brown Bag TBA

September 7, 2021, Isabel Campbell, Ph.D., “A tale of submarine sightings, Intelligence-sharing and a Golden Goose.” Isabel Campbell is a senior historian at the Directorate of History and Heritage National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa Ontario. 

September 21, 2021, Wesley Wark, Ph.D., “The Canadian Intelligence System and Global Pandemics.” Dr. Wark is a visiting professor, Center on Public Management and Policy, University of Ottawa. Chair: Calder Walton

September 28, 2021 Silent Game Book Club

October 26, 2021 Silent Game Book Club

November 3, 2021 WIN Brown Bag TBA

November 9, 2021, Regina Kazyulina, Ph.D. “Temptress or Spy? An Analysis of Soviet Anxieties about Women on German Occupied Territory.”

November 30, 2021 Silent Game Book Club

December 1, 2021 WIN Brown Bag TBA

December 14, 2021, Derek R. Mallett, Ph.D. “PO Box 1142: German and Italian POWs, Intelligence, and the US Army Europe.” Dr. Mallett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Military History in the US Army Command and General Staff College.

December 28, 2021 Silent Game Book Club

January 5, 2022 WIN Brown Bag TBA

January 11, 2022, Helen Fry, “MI9.” Her paper is based on her new book, MI9: A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two. Helen Fry is an independent scholar and an Ambassador for the Museum of Military Intelligence. Chair: Calder Walton

January 25, 2022 Silent Game Book Club

February 15, 2022, Nancy Greenspan, "Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs." This talk will be based on the book of the same name. Chair: Vince Houghton

February 22nd Silent Game Book Club 

March 2, 2022 WIN Brown Bag TBA

March 15, 2022, Hugh Wilford, Ph.D. “Covert Empire: The CIA and American Power in the Cold War World.” Dr. Wilford is professor of history at California State University,
Long Beach. Chair: Sarah-Jane Corke

March 29, 2022, Silent Game Brown Bag

May 16, 2022, Sarah-Jane Corke, Ph.D. “The Life and Times of Robert Joyce.” Sarah-Jane Corke is an associate professor of history at the University of New Brunswick.

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