Pacific War Turning Point: Midway or Guadalcanal?

Richard B. Frank
Craig L. Symonds
Sat, June 8th, 2013 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


9 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast

Program includes two brief lectures followed by a discussion.

The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe

Rick Atkinson
Steve Coll (moderator)
Tue, May 21st, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out



D-Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war. Two authors tell the tale of the riveting series of events from the brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich.

WWII & NYC: The Rise and Decline of New York City

Mike Wallace
Kenneth T. Jackson
Sat, April 20th, 2013 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


9 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast

Session 1: From Dutch Backwater to the UN
Featuring: Mike Wallace
World War II was the culmination of a more than 300-year trajectory, which catapulted New York from the edge of the world to its center. Not only did the city become the home of the United Nations, but it emerged as the cultural and economic seat of an American new-style empire.

Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II

Lynne Olson
Tom Brokaw (moderator)
Thu, March 28th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out.



At the center of the debate over American intervention in World War II were the two most famous men in America: President Franklin D. Roosevelt and aviator Charles Lindbergh. The stakes could not have been higher; the combatants were larger than life. Join us for a frank discussion of the bitter clash that divided the nation, with the future of democracy and the fate of the free world hanging in the balance.

Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956

Tue, November 27th, 2012 | 6:30 pm


At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. Anne Applebaum and Jacob Weisberg discuss the lost civilization of the Soviet bloc, its cruelty, paranoia, and broken-down morality.

An Evening with Edmund Morris: Guard of Honor and the Morality of War

Edmund Morris
Thu, December 13th, 2012 | 6:30 pm


Edmund Morris, the distinguished biographer and author of a new collection of literary essays, speaks about James Gould Cozzens’s great war novel Guard of Honor. Cozzens, born in New York in 1903, has been unjustly forgotten. But since 1948, when Guard of Honor won the Pulitzer Prize, a consistent body of criticism has held it to be the supreme piece of American fiction emerging from World War II. Although it rises to a shocking climax, it is primarily a study in the morality of war.

Joseph P. Kennedy and World War II

David Nasaw
Wed, November 28th, 2012 | 6:30 pm


Joseph Patrick Kennedy was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. An indomitable and elusive figure, his dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills. Focusing on his experiences during World War II, celebrated historian David Nasaw brings to life Joseph P. Kennedy’s story from unrestricted and exclusive access to the Joseph P. Kennedy papers.

Eisenhower in War and Peace

Jean Edward Smith
Richard Haass (moderator)
Tue, November 13th, 2012 | 6:30 pm


Join us for a fresh, modern look at one of the most riveting figures of the twentieth century: Dwight D. Eisenhower. In this program, trace Ike’s path from his days as a young dreamer in small-town Kansas to a frustrated apprentice under Douglas MacArthur, through the Allied war councils of World War II and all the way to the White House.

The Coming of World War II

John Maurer
Dominic Tierney

Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Sat, November 3rd, 2012 | 10:00 am - 1:15 pm

Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute.


Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 am

Churchill, Roosevelt and the Road to Pearl Harbor
Speaker: John Maurer
9:30 am

Winter of the World

Ken Follett
Charles Osgood (moderator)
Tue, September 18th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out. For questions, please call (212) 485-9268



World-renowned novelist Ken Follett discusses his latest book. Set against the backdrop of the international upheavals of the 1930s and 1940s, Winter of the World chronicles the experiences of five interrelated families living in a time of enormous social, political and economic turmoil from the rise of the Third Reich up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

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