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 White House: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Speaker: 
Jodi Kantor
Jonathan Alter
Kati Marton (moderator)
Tue, April 29th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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Three journalists explore the evolving relationship between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—from the political rivalry that defined the 2008 presidential primaries to their powerful professional partnership—and consider how their similarities and differences came into play during the first four years of Obama’s presidency and how they will affect their respective futures.

The White House: Readers and Leaders of the West Wing

Speaker: 
Tevi Troy
Gil Troy
Wed, March 19th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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How have media and literature shaped the leadership styles and worldviews of our nation’s highest office? From Jefferson to Lincoln and Bush to Obama, two renowned presidential historians provide an in-depth look into this timeless question.

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

Speaker: 
Robert M. Gates
David Gregory (moderator)
Tue, January 14th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out

 

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In his first major book event and his only New York stop in a national tour, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivers a behind-the-scenes account of his service under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama while the nation was embroiled in two difficult wars.

Foreign Policy with David Sanger and Richard Haass

Speaker: 
David E. Sanger
Richard N. Haass (moderator)
Tue, February 4th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

 

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Here at home and across the globe, questions regarding U.S. foreign policy and national security are always of critical concern. Focusing on President Obama’s unforeseen foreign policy challenges, David E. Sanger, in conversation with Richard N. Haass, highlights key issues for present and future U.S. foreign policy makers.

The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

Speaker: 
Jonathan Alter
Wed, July 17th, 2013 | 7:00 pm

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In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including politics, biography, Civil War history, and more.

The King Years

Speaker: 
Taylor Branch
Bob Herbert (moderator)
Tue, February 26th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Harry Belafonte will no longer deliver opening remarks.

 

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In 1955, on the first night of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an untested, 26-year-old Baptist pastor made an impromptu speech that catapulted him into the public consciousness as one of the faces of the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement.

Post Elections: The Great Divide

Speaker: 
Beverly Gage
Akhil Reed Amar
Jonathan Alter
Christopher Caldwell
Lesley Stahl
Thu, April 28th, 2011 | 7:30 pm

When Barack Obama was elected President, people across the globe anticipated the coming of a new age of American liberalism and bipartisanship. Yet two years after his inauguration, the nation is experiencing a conservative resurgence of dramatic proportions. With Republicans consistently opposing the president’s main platforms and Democrats accusing the president of being too conceding, political disharmony is crippling the legislative process.

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