Museum Open Monday

The New-York Historical Society Museum will be open Monday, December 22. For details, please visit our calendar.

The Great Degeneration

Niall Ferguson
Wed, June 19th, 2013 | 6:30 pm


Slowing growth, crushing debts, aging populations, anti-social behavior — what exactly is amiss with Western civilization? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, is that our institutions are degenerating and that to slow the degeneration of the West’s once dominant civilization will take heroic leadership and radical reform.


Niall Ferguson is a professor of history at Harvard University and the author of many books, including The Great Degeneration.

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.

Upcoming Seminars

The Institute for Constitutional History sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of events during the academic year. Here is a partial list of upcoming and recent events:

Upcoming Events


February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2015
Sponsored by the Institute for Constitutional History


Franklin, Eleanor, and the Four Freedoms

William E. Leuchtenburg
William J. vanden Heuvel
Douglas Brinkley (Moderator)
Thu, March 31st, 2011 | 7:30 pm

In his State of the Union Address on January 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt looked forward to a world in which everyone enjoyed four essential freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. These values were central to both Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who made it her personal mission to codify those rights in the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Experts discuss the speech and its far-reaching influence, and also delve into this extraordinary couple’s influence on one another.

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