Built beginning in 1858, Central Park gave all New Yorkers, whatever their class, their own “private country estate” where they could leave the city behind and commune with nature. Designed as a complete artifice—it is naturalistic, not natural—it turned the democratic ideal into a brilliant, three-dimensional concept of city planning as well as a transcendental vision that would civilize urban life.
At a time when Jews represented less than one-half of one percent of the American population, Abraham Lincoln became an advocate for Jewish equality and acceptance. Two celebrated historians reveal how Lincoln’s remarkable relationship with American Jews impacted his presidency, his policy decisions, and, as a result, broadened America.
For nine decades, Al Hirschfeld immortalized celebrities and Broadway personalities with his iconic linear calligraphic portraits, establishing himself as one of the most important contemporary artists. Louise Kerz Hirschfeld, Robert Osborne, and Harold Prince explore the caricaturist’s life and legacy through his art, career, and personal relations. This program is presented in conjunction with the New-York Historical exhibition The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld.
As commander of Joint Special Operations Command from 2003 to 2008, General Stanley McChrystal recognized that to battle a decentralized enemy like Al Qaeda, the U.S. would need to discard a century of management wisdom and reinvent military strategies to become more organic and adaptive. Drawing on his experiences in the military, the private sector, and beyond, General McChrystal examines how teamwork, communication, and freedom for experimentation can transform organizations, from the world’s largest military to the smallest institutions.
In the decades leading up to the Civil War, New Yorkers had plenty on their minds besides the issue of slavery. Industrialization had radically changed the city in the previous 20 years, immigrants needed for labor were bringing “foreign” cultures to American shores, the rising middle class was beginning to mimic European high society, and new technology was changing everyday life—for those who could afford it. Join us to look at a city whose own thorny problems made the “slavery question” seem a distant dilemma.
Less than three months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an order which initiated thousands of Japanese Americans to be rounded up and imprisoned into internment camps for the remainder of the war. Drawing from survivor interviews, private letters and memoirs, and numerous archives, award-winning historian Richard Reeves provides compelling insight into this painful chapter in American history, during which more than 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese aliens were interned.