Museum and Library Closures

The New-York Historical Society will be closed on September 23, and select spaces will be closed September 24. For details, please visit our calendar.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Speaker: 
Akhil Reed Amar
Philip C. Bobbitt
Tue, December 9th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or nationality. Two constitutional scholars examine this monumental legislation and how it resonates a half-century later.

America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder

Speaker: 
Bret Stephens
Moderator to be announced
Mon, November 24th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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From Syria to Iran and Russia to Ukraine, what should America’s role be in confronting dangerous tensions across the globe? Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens explores how a resurgence of American isolationism would usher in an era of global disorder.

Bret Stephens is the foreign affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal. Moderator to be announced.

The Forgotten Depression of 1921

Speaker: 
James Grant
Wed, November 19th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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How involved should the government be in battling economic crises? Financial expert James Grant holds up the hands-off approach taken by Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding to overcome the oft-overlooked recession of 1920-21 as a lesson for this and future generations.

James Grant, a financial journalist and historian, is the founder and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. His most recent book is The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself.

The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait

Speaker: 
Geoffrey C. Ward
Sat, November 8th, 2014 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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

From the creation of National Parks to the digging of the Panama Canal to the defeat of Hitler, the Roosevelt family not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other—they also redefined the role of the United States within the wider world. Filmmaker and author Geoffrey C. Ward chronicles the lives of three members of this most prominent and influential family: Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Lincoln and the Power of the Press

Speaker: 
Harold Holzer
Jonathan Alter (moderator)
Wed, November 5th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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Abraham Lincoln spoke directly to the public through the press, and when the Civil War broke out he authorized the most widespread censorship in the nation’s history, closing down “disloyal” papers and even jailing editors who opposed enlistment or sympathized with secession. Historian Harold Holzer illuminates how Lincoln utilized the press to preserve the Union, abolish slavery, and shape the nation.

The Pilgrims

Speaker: 
Ric Burns
Sat, November 1st, 2014 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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

Lasting from 1620 to 1691, Plymouth Colony was founded as a refuge by devout Christians escaping the persecution and volatile political environment of their English homeland. However life in the New World came with its own set of challenges—and some very high costs. In a talk highlighted with clips from his new documentary, celebrated filmmaker Ric Burns brings to life the story of the Pilgrims.

Eastside vs. Westside

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Mon, October 27th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

 

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Join us for a colorful evening with Barry Lewis, whose Eastside vs. Westside lecture returns by popular demand. By the end of the 19th century, Central Park West had become a bastion of middle class life and Fifth Avenue the boulevard of the very wealthy. Today the east side chateaux have almost all disappeared, but the middle class apartment buildings of the west side remain a vital part of the New York skyline.

Maximalist: America in the World from Truman to Obama

Speaker: 
Stephen Sestanovich
Robert Kagan (moderator)
Mon, October 20th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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From Lyndon Johnson to Henry Kissinger to George W. Bush, the U.S.’s dominant role in global affairs has been wrought with divisive decision making, clashes between friends and allies, and leaders’ internal struggles to find the narrow path between underperformance and over commitment. Stephen Sestanovich explores the dramatic results of American global primacy built on these anxious foundations and unearths the backroom stories and personalities that bring American foreign policy to life.

22 Lewd Chinese Women: A Trial Reenactment

Speaker: 
Judge Denny Chin
Asian American Bar Association of New York
Sat, October 18th, 2014 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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

An Evening with Nancy Kwan

Speaker: 
Nancy Kwan
Susan Lacy (moderator)
Wed, October 15th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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From her memorable role in The World of Suzie Wong to her remarkable performance in Flower Drum Song, Nancy Kwan is one of the first actresses of Chinese descent to achieve fame in Western cinema, opening the doors for many actors to follow. In an intimate conversation with acclaimed producer Susan Lacy, Ms. Kwan recounts the defining moments of her memorable career and shares stories of influential friendships with icons such as Bruce Lee and Dean Martin, among others.

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