9 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 am — Program
As the nation anemically recovers from one of the most devastating economic crises in recent history, innovative thinkers are reimagining the formula for successful 21st-century economic policy. In an intimate conversation with Bob Herbert, Joseph E. Stiglitz explores theories of welfare economics and income and wealth distribution and considers how to ensure a more just and prosperous future.
In his first major book event and his only New York stop in a national tour, former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivers a behind-the-scenes account of his service under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama while the nation was embroiled in two difficult wars.
With its rich history in African-American politics, journalism, athletics, and culture, Harlem has evolved into one of the world's most celebrated neighborhoods. In anticipation of the exhibition The Black Fives, join Barry Lewis for a discussion on the neighborhood's enduring architecture, from its classic Victorian brownstones to its renowned ballrooms.
Many remarkable mothers have given birth to American presidents, and as a result, helped shape the course of history through their relationships. Although America has yet to elect a female President, many women have played important parts in shaping presidential administrations and in changing the roles and the perceptions of women in politics. To celebrate the centennial of the Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913, four experts discuss past First Mothers who have influenced a nation.
Please note that the focus of the discussion for the February 22 public program has changed. “Mr. Smith, Where Are You?” is now “The U.S. Constitution, Congress, and the Media,” featuring Kenji Yoshino, Robert Post, and Linda Greenhouse. Please click here to learn more about the new program and to purchase tickets.
Over fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 1963 with an aim to rectify the imbalances between women and men in the workforce. But how far have women really come? Debora Spar, the president of one of the most esteemed all-women schools in the nation, examines the difficult choices and enduring challenges that continue to confront women today.
The epic Battle of Gettysburg did not end the Civil War as Abraham Lincoln had hoped. In fact, the conflict lasted another two years, and more soldiers died after Gettysburg than before. Three Civil War historians explore what Union and Confederate commanders East and West, land and sea did next—and what they should have done.