In the Supreme Court’s 226-year history, dissents have played a major role in positing alternative interpretations of judicial decisions—a crucial procedure for a system in which the majority rule does not inevitably remain the right one. Through the exploration of great dissents, author and historian Melvin I. Urofsky reveals the necessity of constitutional dialogue to help reinvent and reinvigorate our democratic society.
9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program
During the Eisenhower presidency, a conflict escalated that was unlike any previous war. The Cold War became a clash on cultural, ideological, and diplomatic fronts. Military historian Jeremy Black reconsiders the traditional Cold War narrative, focusing on President Eisenhower’s involvement.
Discover the iconic and dramatic moments pivotal to the nation’s fortunes—John Paul Jones’ attacks on the British during the Revolution, the Barbary Wars, and the arduous conquest of Iwo Jima—and trace the emergence of the United States Navy as a global power from its birth during the American Revolution.
Craig L. Symonds is professor emeritus of history at the U.S. Naval Academy and the author of The U.S. Navy: A Concise History.
In an age of constant photo-ops and perpetual press releases, American presidents must cultivate public approval through the channels of ever-changing communication and technology. Experts provide an in-depth look at how the American presidency has evolved over the past century, focusing on how presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama have mastered the media to carefully craft their public image and influence public opinion.
In a time when patriarchal tradition dictated that women were inferior to their husbands, John and Abigail Adams defied convention with their marriage based on mutual respect, friendship, and love. Experts provide compelling insight into the unique 18th-century couple in a discussion of the numerous letters the Adamses exchanged over years of separation.
New York’s first Bohemian neighborhood was Greenwich Village in the 1910s, when everyone from Edna St. Vincent Millay to John Sloan made “the Village” their hangout. It became so hip that by the 1920s the Bohemian era was over, due to rising rents and new luxury apartment buildings—until the next disaffected generation took up the Village’s mantra of non-conformism.
Barry Lewis is an architectural historian who specializes in European and American architecture from the 18th to 20th centuries.
The French were pioneers of iron and glass construction in the 19th century. By first building shopping gallerias in the early 19th century, then Henri Labrouste’s magnificent iron-framed Saint Genevieve and National Libraries in the midcentury, followed by the celebrated Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais at the century’s end, the French showed us how to “love” metallic construction and embrace its new aesthetic.
Today midcentury modern is all the rage, bringing back designs of the 1950s like the Seagram Building and Lever House. But that era had its roots in the 1920s, when a daring generation of designers shook up establishment design. Join Barry Lewis for an exploration of New York’s classics of the 1950s and ’60s and the original 1920s works that inspired them.
Barry Lewis, an architectural historian who teaches at Cooper Union Forum, is the long-time host of a popular walking tour series on PBS.