Lectures & Conversations
Hamilton: America's Jewish Founder?
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Andrew Porwancher, Meir Y. Soloveichik (moderator)
Thu, March 8th, 2018 | 6:30 pm
(Members $32)

Note: This event is sold out



Alexander Hamilton has recently become a celebrity of the Revolutionary era, but much of this Founding Father’s life and story remains unknown. Historian Andrew Porwancher and Rabbi Meir Y. Soloveichik discuss the emerging evidence and historical debate surrounding Hamilton’s roots—suggesting the iconic American figure may have been Jewish.

Andrew Porwancher is Wick Cary Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma, a Senior Research Fellow at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, and the author of the forthcoming book The Jewish Founding Father: Alexander Hamilton's Hidden Life. Meir Y. Soloveichik is Director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel.

Presented in partnership with the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


This program has reached capacity. There will be a standby line the evening of the program. One hour before the program begins, we will begin handing out standby numbers with members receiving priority. Shortly before the program begins, we would begin selling tickets if we are able to do so. Standby does not guarantee admission.

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