The White House: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Speaker: 
Jodi Kantor
Jonathan Alter
Kati Marton (moderator)
Tue, April 29th, 2014 | 6:30 pm

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Three journalists explore the evolving relationship between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—from the political rivalry that defined the 2008 presidential primaries to their powerful professional partnership—and consider how their similarities and differences came into play during the first four years of Obama’s presidency and how they will affect their respective futures.

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.

Macy's Sunday Story Time: Election Day

Sun, November 3rd, 2013 | 11:30 am

Recommended for children ages 3–7. 

Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio

Follow Grace’s campaign as she seeks to earn enough electoral votes to become the first girl to be President of her school (and someday, the United States!).

From the seventeenth century to the twenty-first, through fiction and through fact, hear tales of NYC and the people who made it great.

Support for the Macy's Sunday Story Hour provided by the Macy's Foundation.

 

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power – Fifty Years Ago Tomorrow: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and November 22, 1963

Speaker: 
Robert A. Caro
Thu, November 21st, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out

 

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The most frustrating and triumphant years of Lyndon Johnson’s career were from 1958 to 1964, when he went from Senate Majority Leader to Vice President to having the Presidency thrust upon him in a moment of crisis. Through Johnson’s eyes, Robert A. Caro discusses Kennedy’s assassination, the dynamics of political power play, and the pragmatic potential of a President to transform the nation.

IMPORTANT PROGRAM CHANGE: Masters of the Senate

Sat, November 16th, 2013 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Please note that the focus of the discussion for the November 16th program has changed. “Masters of the Senate” is now “The United States Constitution and the Three Branches of Government,” featuring Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Samuel Alito, Philip C. Bobbitt, and Akhil Reed Amar.

The White House Series: Obama and Roosevelt

Speaker: 
Jonathan Alter
Jodi Kantor
Kati Marton (moderator)
Wed, October 9th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

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Forty-three men have been elected to our nation’s highest office, and since the days of the Founding Fathers, their private lives have fascinated the American public. Join us for a continuation of The White House Series as three experts discuss the presidential terms, strengths, and weaknesses of Barack Obama and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

Speaker: 
Jonathan Alter
Wed, July 17th, 2013 | 7:00 pm

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In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society and Oxford University Press, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures to stimulate your mind on popular topics including politics, biography, Civil War history, and more.

Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War

Speaker: 
Paul Kennedy
Wed, May 29th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this program has been cancelled.

 

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In January 1943, FDR and Winston Churchill convened in Casablanca to establish the Allied objectives: defeat the Nazi blitzkrieg; establish control over Europe’s sky and sea lanes; take the fight to the European mainland; and end Japan’s imperialism.

Tested by Zion: The Bush Administration and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Speaker: 
Elliott Abrams
Tue, March 5th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

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How did the Bush Administration’s policies toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict evolve in the years following 9/11? Why did the peace negotiations fail? Elliott Abrams, a former White House deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor, provides an insider’s account of the Bush Administration’s crucial role in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man

Speaker: 
Walter Stahr
Louis P. Masur (moderator)
Tue, March 19th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This event is sold out

 

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William Henry Seward was one of the most important Americans of the nineteenth century: progressive governor of New York, outspoken federal senator, secretary of state during the Civil War and its aftermath, and a target of the assassins who killed Lincoln. Join us for an illuminating conversation about a complex and pivotal figure, Lincoln’s closest friend and adviser, and an early architect of America’s empire.

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