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Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Lawrence O’Donnell
Wed, November 29th, 2017 | 6:30 pm
(Members $24)

Note: This event is sold out



Amid the global crises of the Cold War, domestic riots, and the tragic assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, the 1968 election became chaotic, featuring politicians from Richard Nixon to Lyndon B. Johnson. In conjunction with the exhibition The Vietnam War, Lawrence O’Donnell unpacks one of the most tumultuous elections in American history.

Lawrence O’Donnell is the host of MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and the author of Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics.


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.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.

Creative: Tronvig Group