In an intimate conversation, Patti Smith, acclaimed musician, writer, visual artist, and pioneer of the New York City punk rock movement, discusses the inspirations and influences that helped shape her prolific career.
Experts discuss American foreign policy in the Middle East, uncovering how the United States addressed the tension between tyranny and democracy from the Cold War through the Obama era and illuminating how politics in the Middle East have evolved since the 2011 Arab Spring protests.
In conjunction with New-York Historical’s exhibition Hotbed, architectural historian Barry Lewis takes us inside the vibrant political and artistic scene of Greenwich Village—New York’s first Bohemian neighborhood—in the early 20th century, when everyone from Edna St. Vincent Millay to John Sloan made “the Village” their hangout.
Barry Lewis, an architectural historian who teaches at Cooper Union Forum, is the former co-host of a popular walking tour series on PBS.
Leading scholar Jeffrey Rosen, in conversation with Akhil Reed Amar, explores the extraordinary story of the only man ever to serve as President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Discover how President William Howard Taft defended the Founding Fathers’ vision of American democracy.
Jeffrey Rosen is President and CEO of the National Constitution Center and the author of William Howard Taft. Akhil Reed Amar (moderator) is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University.
Actress, model, and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini, in conversation with Antonio Monda, Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival, discusses her multifaceted life and career—from her famous roots as the daughter of legendary director Roberto Rossellini and actress Ingrid Bergman to her latest project as author of the new book My Chickens and I.
With tensions between the U.S. and North Korea reaching unprecedented heights and the threat of nuclear confrontation dominating American news headlines, experts discuss the tenuous situation, uncover the political and diplomatic history of North Korea, and reveal the consequences of escalating conflict.
9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program
Celebrated historians explore the complex legacy of Thomas Jefferson—from his leadership style to the writing of the Declaration of Independence, as well as his tenure as America’s first Secretary of State and the Minister to France during the Revolutionary era.
From Abigail Adams and Dolley Madison to the present day, women have wrought enormous influence on the U.S. government. Experts survey and celebrate how women have affected the executive branch and the American republic as a whole.
For all his other remarkable gifts, America’s 16th President was perhaps most talented of all in the art of political persuasion—both in person and in print. During the dark days of the Civil War, Lincoln truly functioned as America’s “communicator-in-chief,” reaching out to an anxious, divided, tearful nation with warmth, humor, and great eloquence in order to seal the endurance and loyalty of the people.