Museum Closure

The New-York Historical Society will close at 3pm on November 26 and remain closed through November 27. For details, please visit our calendar.

An Evening with Cornel West

Speaker: 
Cornel West
Wed, March 18th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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In conjunction with the exhibition Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein, celebrated activist Cornel West provides a vivid portrait of visionary 19th- and 20th-century African-American leaders—including Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ella Baker, and Malcolm X—and explores their lasting legacies in the age of Obama.

Jazz Age Manhattan

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Tue, March 17th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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From the Chanin to the Chrysler Building to Rockefeller Center, join Barry Lewis for a vividly illustrated look at “Jazz Age” Manhattan and the German Expressionist origins of many of the city’s beloved icons.

Barry Lewis is an architectural historian who currently teaches at Cooper Union Forum.

LOCATION

The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

The White House: First Fathers

Speaker: 
David Nasaw
Cokie Roberts
Gil Troy
Lesley Stahl (moderator)
Wed, February 25th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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What kind of relationships did American presidents have with their fathers? How did these relationships influence them as world leaders—and as fathers themselves? Four experts explore the paternal bonds that have helped shape the course of history.

Le Conversazioni: An Evening with Jonathan Demme

Speaker: 
Jonathan Demme
Antonio Monda (moderator)
Tue, February 24th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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Enriched with screen clips from his past films—including The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia—Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, in conversation with Antonio Monda, offers unique insight into the major influences on his career.

The American Revolution and the Fate of the British Empire

Speaker: 
Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy
Sat, February 21st, 2015 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

EVENT DETAILS

9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program

Great Battles of the Civil War: The Wilderness and Beyond

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
Craig L. Symonds
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Wed, February 18th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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The forests of Virginia literally erupted into flames during the 1864 battles for the Wilderness, as Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee engaged in a horrific combat in early May. Renowned historians of the era relive all the great military struggles of this period—including Sheridan’s Ride, The Crater, and Jubal Early’s Raid on Washington—a season of thrusts and parries, danger and daring.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965

Speaker: 
Randall Kennedy
Wed, February 11th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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The Civil Rights Movement was a time of turbulence and transition, and those resistant to racial equality at times resorted to acts of violence—and even murder. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a monumental piece of federal legislation to reinforce the voting rights guaranteed in the 14th and 15th amendments and combat the disenfranchisement of racial minorities. Commemorating its 50th anniversary, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy examines the origins, designs, and consequences of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

An Evening with Annie Leibovitz

Speaker: 
Annie Leibovitz
Tue, February 10th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

 

Great Battles of the Civil War: Fredericksburg

Speaker: 
John F. Marszalek
James M. McPherson
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Mon, February 9th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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It was a “slaughter pen,” Robert E. Lee remarked about his repulse of the Union attack on the heights above Fredericksburg, Virginia, in December 1862. Indeed, the Union defeat nearly changed history. Robert E. Lee’s successful defense of Fredericksburg crushed Union morale, humiliated federal commander Ambrose Burnside, almost upended plans for Emancipation—and undoubtedly prolonged the bloody Civil War. Three experts on this neglected battle re-imagine its power and impact.

The China Trade in Early America

Speaker: 
William R. Sargent
Tue, February 3rd, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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On a quarter-mile strip of land in the bustling city of Canton, China, merchants from China and the Eastern seaboard of America conducted trade from 1784 to the Opium Wars of the 1840s. One of the Chinese merchants was Houqua, considered the wealthiest man in the world when he died, and long a favorite of American merchants. Life and commerce and the personalities involved—both East and West—will be explored through the Chinese export art that recorded this moment in history.

Program support provided in memory of Mary Mayer Tanenbaum.

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