Around the World with Barry Lewis: London

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Sun, April 6th, 2014 | 5:00 pm

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London and its metropolitan area are the sources of much of our own American modern architectural and interior design. Whether Arts and Crafts or metallic “modernist,” London’s designers of the 19th century paved the way for our 20th-century ideals of “honest” design. Join Barry Lewis and discover how John Soane, William Morris, Owen Jones, Joseph Paxton, and others inspired Americans to embrace modernisms long before Mies van der Rohe was even born.

Great Battles of the Civil War: Shiloh

Speaker: 
John F. Marszalek
James M. McPherson
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Thu, April 3rd, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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The first momentous battle of the West launched Ulysses S. Grant as a new Union hero—but came perilously close to ending with a Confederate victory. Shiloh also raised the bar on battlefield bloodshed: at the time, April 1862, it was the deadliest encounter of the entire Civil War. Leading Civil War historians discuss every aspect of the two-day battle—from strategies to casualties, miracles to miscalculations.

Embattled Superpower: Churchill and Britain in the Aftermath of the First World War

Speaker: 
John H. Maurer
Sat, March 29th, 2014 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute

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9 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 am — Program

Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City

Speaker: 
Robert A.M. Stern
Tue, March 25th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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The planned garden suburb is a phenomenon that originated in England in the late-18th century, then quickly spread to the United States and beyond in the 19th. Renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern discusses the evolution of these bucolic settings and the important lessons they hold for the future of our towns and cities.

The White House: Readers and Leaders of the West Wing

Speaker: 
Tevi Troy
Gil Troy
Wed, March 19th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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How have media and literature shaped the leadership styles and worldviews of our nation’s highest office? From Jefferson to Lincoln and Bush to Obama, two renowned presidential historians provide an in-depth look into this timeless question.

Justice Thurgood Marshall

Speaker: 
Randall Kennedy
Tue, March 11th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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As a powerful voice in the battle for Civil Rights and the first African American appointed to the nation's highest court, Justice Thurgood Marshall was among the scores of African Americans across the country who were conquering color barriers in government, sports, music, and culture. A former law clerk to Justice Marshall offers an in-depth look at this monumental figure and his enduring legacy.

The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left

Speaker: 
Yuval Levin
William Kristol (moderator)
Tue, March 4th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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For more than two centuries, America’s political culture has been polarized between the left and the right, between a party of progressive ideologies and one of conservative. Two experts explore the roots of American political order through the men who represented each side of the left/right debate at its outset—Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine—and consider how their views continue to shape our current political discourse.

An Interview with Joseph Stiglitz

Speaker: 
Joseph E. Stiglitz
Bob Herbert (moderator)
Sat, March 1st, 2014 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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9 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 am — Program

As the nation anemically recovers from one of the most devastating economic crises in recent history, innovative thinkers are reimagining the formula for successful 21st-century economic policy. In an intimate conversation with Bob Herbert, Joseph E. Stiglitz explores theories of welfare economics and income and wealth distribution and considers how to ensure a more just and prosperous future.

The U.S. Constitution, Congress, and the Media

Speaker: 
Kenji Yoshino
Robert Post
Linda Greenhouse
Sat, February 22nd, 2014 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

**PLEASE NOTE**

This program is replacing the previously scheduled February 22 program, “Mr. Smith, Where Are You?”

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9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Discussion

Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War

Speaker: 
Robert M. Gates
David Gregory (moderator)
Tue, January 14th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out

 

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In his first major book event and his only New York stop in a national tour, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivers a behind-the-scenes account of his service under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama while the nation was embroiled in two difficult wars.

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