Since serving as First Lady, Hillary Clinton has forged a formidable political career that has taken her from the chambers of the U.S. Senate to the head of the Department of State. Experts explore the triumphs and tribulations that have shaped her legacy thus far and consider what is on the horizon for one of the world’s most powerful women.
Tan Dun with Zhou Long, Chen Yi, the Ying Quartet, Talujon Percussion Quartet, and Maya Beiser
Sat, 01/10/2015 - 19:00
Sat, January 10th, 2015 | 7:00 pm
Joined by accomplished composers—the Pulitzer Prize-winning Zhou Long, and the award-winning Chen Yi—Tan Dun will lead a performance and discussion that weaves together a narrative of the artists’ musical journeys from China to America. The evening will also pay tribute to composer Chou Wen-chung, who invited the composers to America and Columbia University, with special performances by guest artists.
From Commanding General to the Presidency, Ulysses S. Grant’s battles did not end with Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Two renowned historians explore the trials and triumphs of Grant as president, from his leadership of the Radical Republicans to his supervision of Reconstruction efforts to the Panic of 1873.
By the time she was in her mid-20s, Lee Grant was a newly-married mother, an Academy Award-nominated actress, and a celebrated Broadway star—and then she lost everything. Landing on Hollywood’s infamous blacklist, Grant began a 12-year fight to reclaim her name, accepting every theater or teaching job that came her way.
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or nationality. Two constitutional scholars examine this monumental legislation and how it resonates a half-century later.
From Syria to Iran and Russia to Ukraine, what should America’s role be in confronting dangerous tensions across the globe? Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Bret Stephens explores how a resurgence of American isolationism would usher in an era of global disorder.
How involved should the government be in battling economic crises? Financial expert James Grant holds up the hands-off approach taken by Woodrow Wilson and Warren G. Harding to overcome the oft-overlooked recession of 1920-21 as a lesson for this and future generations.
James Grant, a financial journalist and historian, is the founder and editor of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer. His most recent book is The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself.
Abraham Lincoln spoke directly to the public through the press, and when the Civil War broke out he authorized the most widespread censorship in the nation’s history, closing down “disloyal” papers and even jailing editors who opposed enlistment or sympathized with secession. Historian Harold Holzer illuminates how Lincoln utilized the press to preserve the Union, abolish slavery, and shape the nation.
9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program
Lasting from 1620 to 1691, Plymouth Colony was founded as a refuge by devout Christians escaping the persecution and volatile political environment of their English homeland. However life in the New World came with its own set of challenges—and some very high costs. In a talk highlighted with clips from his new documentary, celebrated filmmaker Ric Burns brings to life the story of the Pilgrims.