2013-08-15

New-York Historical Society’s Fall/Winter Programming Highlights to Include Events with Robert A. Caro, Randall Kennedy, A. Scott Berg, Russell Shorto, Kati Marton, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, and Others

WHAT: The New-York Historical Society will engage history buffs and aficionados with the upcoming season of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series and other special programs, offering evening and weekend events with notable historians, writers and journalists. Highlights will include:

  • Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy, author and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall , exploring the complex history of affirmative action and its continued relevance in modern America in “The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action” on Thursday, October 3 at 6:30 pm;
  • a panel discussion on the strengths and weaknesses of the presidential terms of Barack Obama and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, with authors Jodi Kantor, Jonathan Alter and Kati Marton (moderator) on Wednesday, October 9 at 6:30 pm;
  • co-curators Marilyn S. Kushner and Kimberly Orcutt, exploring the event that forever changed the art world in “The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution” on Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 pm, in conjunction with New-York Historical’s major fall exhibition The Armory Show at 100 (on view October 11, 2013 – February 23, 2014);
  • best-selling author Russell Shorto, examining the Dutch influence on New York City in “From Amsterdam to New Amsterdam” on Monday, October 28 at 6:30 pm;
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author and screenwriter A. Scott Berg, offering new insights into the influence of Woodrow Wilson for the President Bill Clinton Lecture in American History on Monday, November 4 at 6:30 pm;
  • acclaimed historian and writer Robert A. Caro, addressing “The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power” at the Harold and Ruth Newman Lecture in American History on Thursday, November 21 at 6:30 pm;
  • the Byron Wien Lecture on Financial History, featuring financial journalist James Grant, historian Amity Shlaes, and Byron Wien (moderator) discussing “Before the Fall: From the Roaring Twenties to the Crash of ’29” on Saturday, February 15 at 9 am;
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis, in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, about the life and long-lasting work of W.E.B. Du Bois on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm;
  • the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Classic Film Series on Friday nights at 7 pm, focusing on the themes of “WWI and Its Legacy in Film” and “Justice in Film.” Highlights include All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and Grand Illusion (1937), with opening remarks for both films by Kati Marton and New Yorker film critic David Denby; In the Heat of the Night (1967), with opening remarks by actress Lee Grant and acclaimed producer Susan Lacy; To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), with opening remarks by Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and Khalil Gibran Muhammad; and Advise & Consent (1962), introduced by Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Samuel Alito and Philip Bobbitt.


WHERE: The New-York Historical Society. 170 Central Park West (at Richard Gilder Way, West 77th Street), New York, NY 10024

TICKETS: Ticket prices vary by program. For more information, please call (212) 485-9268 or visit nyhistory.org/programs

About the New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as WWII & NYC; Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society; Grant and Lee in War and Peace; Lincoln and New York; Nueva York (1613-1945); and Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York.


Media Contacts
Laura Washington, New-York Historical Society / communications@nyhistory.org / (212) 873-3400 x263

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