Great Generals—General Ulysses S. Grant and the Way We Look at War

Event date: 
December 14th, 2013
Duration: 
54 minutes 29 seconds
Speaker: 
Jean Edward Smith
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Jean Edward Smith explores the legacy of General Ulysses S. Grant, one of the greatest military leaders in American history.

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From Pearl Harbor to Normandy

Event date: 
December 7th, 2013
Duration: 
1 hour and 29 minutes
Speaker: 
Rick Atkinson
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Author Rick Atkinson discusses the sacrifices, shortcomings, and eventual triumph of the American-led coalition of Western allies that fought to defeat Hitler, Mussolini, and the Axis powers.

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End of Days: The Final Hours of John F. Kennedy

Event date: 
December 4th, 2013
Duration: 
1 hour and 2 minutes
Speaker: 
James L. Swanson
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Bestselling author James L. Swanson hones in on John F. Kennedy’s doomed trip to Texas, revealing lesser-known details about the final 48 hours of the late President’s life.

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The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735–1817

Event date: 
November 12th, 2013
Speaker: 
Myron Magnet
Richard Brookhiser (moderator)
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Drawing on the lives of Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson and others, author Myron Magnet questions what kind of America the Founding Fathers sought to create and how they united as one to achieve a historical feat.

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If Kennedy Lived

Event date: 
November 6th, 2013
Speaker: 
Jeff Greenfield
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Jeff Greenfield journeys through a history that might have been, predicting what it would have meant for the United States and the world if President John F. Kennedy had not been assassinated.

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‘Til Faith Do Us Part: How Interfaith Marriage is Transforming America

Event date: 
October 15th, 2013
Speaker: 
Naomi Schaefer Riley
Elizabeth Bernstein (moderator)
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Esteemed journalist Naomi Schaefer Riley explores hard, yet important, questions about the rise of interfaith marriage and the impact this understudied phenomenon is having on America’s future.

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Wilson

Event date: 
November 4th, 2013
Duration: 
1 hour and 29 minutes
Speaker: 
A. Scott Berg
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As the first writer given access to recently-discovered papers belonging to President Woodrow Wilson’s daughter and personal physician, biographer A. Scott Berg shares his unique insight into the 28th U.S. President.

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All the Great Prizes: John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt

Event date: 
October 29th, 2013
Speaker: 
John Taliaferro
Harold Holzer (moderator)
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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.

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From Amsterdam to New Amsterdam

Event date: 
October 28th, 2013
Speaker: 
Russell Shorto
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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.

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The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution

Event date: 
October 24th, 2013
Speaker: 
Marilyn S. Kushner
Kimberly Orcutt
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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.

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