Museum and Library Closures

The New-York Historical Society will be closed on September 23, and select spaces will be closed September 24. For details, please visit our calendar.

When General Grant Expelled the Jews

Event date: 
April 18th, 2012
Duration: 
1 hour 8 minutes
Speaker: 
Jonathan Sarna
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Jonathan Sarna discusses one of the most blatant incidents of officially sanctioned anti-Semitism in American history: General Ulysses S. Grant’s General Order Number 11 that expelled all Jews from his military districts.

The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White

Event date: 
April 12th, 2012
Duration: 
56 minutes 23 seconds
Speaker: 
Daniel J. Sharfstein
Brent Staples (moderator)
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Daniel J. Sharfstein, in conversation with Brent Staples, unravels the stories of three families who represent the complexity of race in America and force us to rethink our basic assumptions about who we are.

The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food

Event date: 
April 3rd, 2012
Duration: 
51 minutes 30 seconds
Speaker: 
Adam Gopnik
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Adam Gopnik takes the audience on a beguiling journey that begins in eighteenth-century France — the birthplace of our modern tastes and, by no coincidence, the restaurant — telling the story of French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin.

Conquered into Liberty

Event date: 
March 29th, 2012
Duration: 
1 hour 48 seconds
Speaker: 
Eliot A. Cohen
Josiah Bunting III (moderator)
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Eliot A. Cohen and Josiah Bunting III tell the story of how woodland skirmishes and massacres, frontal assaults, and shadowy covert actions shaped America’s approach to geopolitics and war.

Will China Take Over the World?

Event date: 
February 21st, 2012
Duration: 
1 hour 1 minute
Speaker: 
Sebastian Mallaby
Steven Rattner
Byron R. Wien (moderator)
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Experts discuss China’s continued rise and how America’s role in world affairs will change.

The Draft Riots, Part II

Event date: 
March 15th, 2012
Duration: 
1 hour 9 minutes
Speaker: 
Edna Greene Medford
Carla Peterson
Barnet Schecter
Harold Holzer (moderator)
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Four experts examine the causes of the Civil War Draft Riots of 1863, its sickening violence, and the enduring legacy it left on New York.

The Battle for Civil Rights

Event date: 
February 16th, 2012
Duration: 
58 minutes 17 seconds
Speaker: 
David Levering Lewis
Khalil Gibran Muhammad (moderator)
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Two experts reflect on the successes and setbacks in the struggle for civil rights. Presented in collaboration with The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and in conjunction with the exhibition Freedom Now: Photographs by Platon.

Women and the White House, Part II

Event date: 
February 7th, 2012
Duration: 
1 hour 1 minute
Speaker: 
Cokie Roberts
Kati Marton
Gil Troy
Lesley Stahl (moderator)
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Continuing the conversation from February 2011’s program, Women and the White House, experts look back at the many influential women in the history of America’s highly elected office.

Sherman and the North Advance

Event date: 
January 31st, 2012
Duration: 
1 hour 3 minutes
Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
John F. Marszalek
Harold Hozler (moderator)
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Union General William T. Sherman’s epic march from Atlanta to the sea remains one of the most astonishing military feats in American history — as well as one of the most controversial. Three historians ask the tough questions — and provide authoritative answers.

SYMPOSIUM: The Age of Revolution: A Whole History - Session 4: How Empires End…

Event date: 
January 21st, 2012
Duration: 
41 minutes 8 seconds
Speaker: 
Jeremy Adelman
David Armitage
Thomas Bender (moderator)
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Experts examine the American, French, and Haitian Revolutions in the context of the Americas, where the last and early nineteenth-century phase of the Atlantic revolutions played out in Latin America, and in the largest context of all: Global History.

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