Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg delivers an insightful lecture on the origins and legacy of Muller v. Oregon, focusing on the changing views of women’s rights and needs in the eyes of the Court, legislatures and the public.
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Three renowned scholars revisit one of the most significant, pivotal years in American history: 1860. Throughout 1860, tensions over slavery threatened to boil over into civil war and the supercharged Presidential campaign would very literally decide the immediate fate and future of the Union. Abraham Lincoln was elected in November; by the end of the year, South Carolina had seceded and the course of American history was irrevocably changed.
James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University. In 1989 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of many books, including most recently, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Harold Holzer (Moderator) has written or edited more than 30 books on Lincoln and the Civil War and served as co-chairman of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
In the 15th century, the Jews of Spain and Portugal were forced to leave their homes on the Iberian peninsula, fleeing the tyranny of the Spanish Inquisition. In 1654, the first group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews arrived in New Amsterdam and founded the Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish Congregation in the United States. In this program, three experts discuss those early pioneers, the Judeo-Spanish Diaspora, and the history of Spanish Jews in New York.
Louise Mirrer is the President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society and has written extensively on the Judeo-Spanish Diaspora. Rabbi Marc D. Angel is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals. Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.
Join us for a riveting discussion of America’s preeminent first couple, whose story is equal parts biography, political history, and love story. In more than 50 years of political and personal partnership, John and Abigail Adams strategized over civic and foreign affairs as often as they discussed their children. Their remarkable connection is epitomized in words he wrote to her after his election to the presidency: “I can do nothing without you.” Joseph J. Ellis, in conversation with Richard Brookhiser, examines the Adams marriage in all its complexity, richness, triumph, and sorrow.
Joseph J. Ellis is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers and the National Book Award for American Sphinx. His latest book is First Family: Abigail and John Adams. Richard Brookhiser (MODERATOR) is a senior editor at the National Review and author of nine books, including Alexander Hamilton, American, and most recently, Right Time, Right Place.
Drawing from the history of insulin’s discovery and its transformative effects in treating Type 1 diabetes, experts examine how people across the country are leading the fight to control both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes today.