Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic and author Margo Jefferson writes extensively on American arts and culture: she has been a staff writer for the New York Times and Newsweek, and her reviews and essays have appeared in publications such as New York Magazine, Vogue, and Harper’s. Join her and writer/director Antonio Monda for an illuminating conversation on her career and influences.
Discover the rich architectural history of early New York and trace the city’s transformation from the pre-Revolutionary years through the birth of the American republic. In the colonial era, the city was shaped by its Dutch and English settlers with homesteads such as the Dyckman Farmhouse, the Wyckoff House, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion. In the wake of the American Revolution, people throughout the young nation began adopting lighter and more open desgin, dubbed “Federal” in honor of the new national government.
Filmmaker Ric Burns and business executive Lloyd Blankfein have both had distinguished careers in their respective fields. Mr. Burns has created documentaries that serve as an indispensable insight into American life and culture since the 1990s, beginning with The Civil War in collaboration with his brother Ken Burns. Mr. Blankfein joined Goldman Sachs in 1982, going on to serve as CEO from 2006 to 2018. They are brought together by Mr.
In March 1621, the very survival of Plymouth colony was at stake, less than a year after its founding. An agreement between the Wampanoag sachem and Plymouth’s governor established a friendship between their peoples, affirmed their commitment to mutual defense, and helped ensure the colony’s survival. In anticipation of the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving in November 1621, historians explore the tenuous alliance that lasted for another five decades and its violent dissolution.
Across the globe, liberal democracy is threatened by a corrosive mixture of corruption, nationalism, and xenophobia. Experts explore how we got here and the strategies that advocates for democracy can use to restore and defend the fundamental democratic principles that have been under attack, such as freedom of speech, a free press, and the rule of law.
Paul Revere and his midnight ride—immortalized as the harbinger of the dramatic escalation of the American colonial rebellion against the British Empire—has been celebrated in tales and songs throughout the centuries. But what really happened on April 18, 1775? Experts shed light on the legendary ride and the man behind it, revealing the fascinating life of a fabled national hero who witnessed the birth of a nation.
The Founders articulated a vision for a new republic—first in the Declaration of Independence and then carried out in the Constitution—that reflected their beliefs in natural rights, limited government, and religious freedom. But today, the careful framework that ushered in two centuries of American prosperity is eroding. One of America’s most celebrated political writers discusses how the nation can reaffirm its foundational tenets.
Nationalism can help foster a sense of belonging and identity, but it has increasingly become weaponized across the globe as a dividing force. Surveying ideas contained in essential written works from the past 400 years, experts illuminate how the pursuit of liberty forged the American identity and continues to define a truer, more inspiring form of American nationalism.
Was the Electoral College designed as a pro-slavery ploy to place undue influence in the hands of slaveholding states? Using historical sources and precedents, experts debate both sides: that the College was put in place as a reasonable alternative to direct election of a president versus an effort by the founders to accommodate slavery.