After making Georgia “howl” by marching his army from Atlanta to the sea, Union General William T. Sherman led an even more destructive march—through the Carolinas. Join three eminent historians as they explore Sherman’s devastating follow-up campaign to break Confederate resistance and end the Civil War.
9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast 9:30–11 am: Program
From the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to Bill Clinton’s last night in office in January 2001, the American presidency—and the nation, as a whole—experienced a tremendous growth in power and influence. Celebrated presidential historian William E. Leuchtenburg chronicles the presidents of the past century, highlighting their moments of high drama and triumph.
Since her introduction in 1941, Wonder Woman has remained the most popular female superhero of all time, but the history behind her creation has remained largely unknown. American History Book Prize winner Jill Lepore uncovers the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes and how it holds within it a fascinating family story, as well as a crucial connection to 20th-century feminism.
In an intimate conversation, Judith Miller turns her reporting skills on herself and her career, discussing her early years at TheNew York Times, her controversial work regarding Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and the decisions she made during the Scooter Libby investigation.
In the years between the end of the Civil War and World War I (1865–1917), America’s nouveau riche mimicked the gilded life of the European aristocracy. If in the early years of that era Americans brought a new definition to bad taste, by the 1880s and ’90s the first generation of professionally trained American architects infused a refreshing spirit of simplicity, functionalism, and innovation into the 400-year-old Renaissance tradition of neo-classicism.
Although often neglected, the 1863 Battle of Chancellorsville significantly influenced the outcome of the Civil War. Not only did an emboldened Robert E. Lee head north to Gettysburg—and to his worst defeat—but Chancellorsville also claimed the irreplaceable “Stonewall” Jackson. Join three historians as they explore this crucial battle.
Renowned for his beautiful and thought-provoking work as an author and journalist, Adam Gopnik, in an intimate conversation with award-winning director and novelist Antonio Monda, reflects upon the major influences of his accomplished career. Broadway star Melissa Errico, accompanied by Andrew Gerle on the piano, will perform songs from the new musical Table, with Gopnik’s words and David Shire’s music.
In the harsh Salem winter of 1692, a minister’s daughter began to scream and convulse, as if possessed by a demonic spirit. This incident marked the beginning of a year-long panic, which culminated in the infamous Witch Trials and the execution of 20 individuals. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff unveils the truths behind this disturbing period in New England’s history.
The first two female Supreme Court justices, Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, have their differences—Republican and Democrat, Christian and Jew, rancher’s daughter and Brooklynite—yet both have transformed the Constitution and America itself, making it a more equal place for all women. Author Linda Hirshman explores their relationship and how they have helped shape the legal framework of modern feminism, forever changing American law and culture.
The new American republic of the 1780s and ’90s adopted a light, open style, dubbed “Federal” in honor of the new national government. It borrowed ideas from Scottish designer Robert Adam, who in turn was inspired in the 1750s, ’60s, and ’70s by the simplicity of Roman villa interiors thanks to the recent discoveries at Pompeii and Herculaneum. All of this led to remarkably modern, light-filled New York-area homes, including the early 19th-century Boscobel, Hamilton Grange, and Gracie Mansion.