Lectures & Conversations
Someone to Watch Over Me: A Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt and the Tortured Father Who Shaped Her Life
Collaborative Programs
Word for Word Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
Eric Burns
Wed, August 30th, 2017 | 7:00 pm

Event Details

In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures on popular topics including the Supreme Court, the Cold War, presidential biography, and more.

Eleanor Roosevelt, the American icon of international reverence, faced many challenges in her personal life and had a frigid relationship with most of her family—including her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. In spite of these difficulties, she was remembered warmly by her friends and is widely lauded for her humanitarian work and public advocacy for human rights. Author Eric Burns illuminates the relationship Roosevelt had with her father Elliot—the ill-fated brother of Theodore Roosevelt—and how that relationship influenced her life and leadership.

Eric Burns, author of Someone to Watch Over Me: A Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt and the Tortured Father Who Shaped Her Life, is a former host of Fox News Watch and a former NBC News correspondent and Today Show pundit.  


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.

Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location or contact the New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation

Creative: Tronvig Group