Join us for a unique experience with musical historian Leon Botstein and renowned curator and art historian Barbara Haskell as they discuss the influence of folk art, popular culture, and classicism on composers and artists of the 1920s and ’30s. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman.
The New-York Historical Society is proud to be New York State’s venue for the exhibition First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, which will bring the 1623 original edition of the playwright’s first published collection to the U.S. In recognition of this extraordinary month-long presentation, join us for an evening with special guests as they discuss the influence of Shakespeare and his characters on their own lives.
Abraham Foxman is world-renowned as a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry, and discrimination. During his long career, he had direct consultations with world leaders in Europe, Russia, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, China, Japan, South Africa, Argentina, and with Palestinian leaders on problems of ethnic hatred, violence, terrorism, and promoting democracy. Join us for an evening talk about lessons learned from 50 years of fighting anti-Semitism and hate speech.
Upon his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, Associate Justice John Paul Stevens was the third longest-serving Justice in American history. In an intimate conversation celebrating his recent 40th anniversary since taking his seat on the nation’s highest court, Justice Stevens reflects on his decades of experience and shares his unique insight into the U.S. legal system.
Esteemed philosopher, professor, cultural theorist, and novelist Kwame Anthony Appiah, in an intimate conversation with award-winning director and novelist Antonio Monda, discusses his inspiration throughout his prolific career.
Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University and is writer for The New York Times column The Ethicist. Antonio Monda (moderator) is Artistic Director of Le Conversazioni literary festival and Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival.
On February 2, 1790, newly instated Chief Justice John Jay assembled his five Associate Justices in New York City for the inaugural meeting of the United States Supreme Court. In the generations that followed, the United States has had seventeen Chief Justices, all of whom presided over countless landmark cases which have shaped American legal history. Preeminent legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar uncovers the fascinating story of our Nation’s highest court.
Despite his reputation as the most articulate voice of American freedom, Thomas Jefferson has come to be recognized as a hypocritical Founding Father who represented ideals of liberty while simultaneously owning slaves. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed and premiere Jefferson scholar Peter S. Onuf provide a revealing study of the complex, contradictory character, tracing his development and clarifying Jeffersonian philosophy.
For over a decade, American political and military officials have fiercely argued over and blamed each other for the situation in Iraq. Author Emma Sky discusses what lessons we can learn from Iraq, how we can assess America’s role in global affairs, and what the U.S. can do to generate consensus on our interests, values, and priorities.
The U.S. government forecasts that population centers across the planet will soon face alarming gaps between available water and the growing demand for it, significantly impacting food prices, political stability, and the global economy. Author Seth M. Siegel discusses the past, present, and future of the international water crisis and how solutions implemented by Israel can serve as a model for the U.S. and beyond.