Biographer John Taliaferro provides a long-overdue look into the life and work of John Hay, an unparalleled figure in American history with a remarkable political career.
Using Amsterdam’s history as a backdrop, critically acclaimed author Russell Shorto explains why the Dutch are responsible for some of New York’s most celebrated and enduring characteristics.
Curators Marilyn S. Kushner and Kimberly Orcutt examine the historical context of the 1913 Armory Show and shed light on this groundbreaking exhibition that forever changed the way we understand art.
Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy explores the complex history of the Supreme Court's recent ruling on affirmative action and argues why it still plays an obligatory role in modern America.
Civil War experts examine how Lincoln and his administration managed to mold a town rife with ideological and political division into a beacon for the Union’s cause.
Joseph J. Ellis and Stacy Schiff examine a crescendo moment in American history: the summer of 1776, when the thirteen colonies came together to secede from the British Empire.
New Thinking on the American Revolution: The Savior of Our Country: Remembering Gen. George Washington
Edward G. Lengel gives a fresh look at General Washington as a military commander, offering insights into his strengths and weaknesses. (Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute.)
Marc A. Genest discusses how the American rebels undercut British conventional military advantages. (Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute.)
Experts Richard B. Frank and Craig L. Symonds discuss the turning point of the Pacific War, including the Battle of Midway, the Marine landings on Guadalcanal, and the campaign for the Solomon Islands. Each speaker delivers a brief lecture, followed by an on-stage conversation.
In conversation with Roger Hertog, Richard N. Haass raises large strategic questions about U.S. foreign policy, touching upon key issues facing our country’s national security and prosperity.