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Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Mon, August 2, 2021 | 6 pm ET | Free


Our popular outdoor lecture series is back! The New-York Historical Society is thrilled to once again partner with the Bryant Park Reading Room to present a series of free programs in the park. Now in its 12th summer, this year’s Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room series features a wide array of fascinating talks on presidential history, the Supreme Court, the Civil War, and World War II.

What do modern authoritarian leaders have in common? As populism threatens to erode democratic institutions across the globe, acclaimed historian and political commentator Ruth Ben-Ghiat surveys rulers from Mussolini to Putin and reveals the tactics they use to assume and maintain power, including propaganda, corruption, violence, and the spread of misinformation.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University, is the author of Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present.


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the yellow and white umbrellas.

Inclement Weather: In case of foul or inclement weather, please check or this page for the most up-to-date information on indoor relocation or postponement. You may also contact New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at or 212-485-9205.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation.

Creative: Tronvig Group