Renowned historian and author Michael Beschloss explores how American presidents have waged war from Lincoln’s controversial military leadership, to Wilson’s idealistic but authoritarian approach to World War I and Lyndon B. Johnson’s quagmire in Vietnam.
Acclaimed historian Timothy Snyder delves into the story of Russia’s interference in the United States and Europe since the end of the Cold War, uncovering how the drive to dissolve Western institutions has influenced events from “Brexit” to the election of Donald J. Trump and emerged as a threat to democracy and law.
Timothy Snyder is Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and author of The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America.
Author Nick Bunker, in conversation with Carol Berkin, explores Benjamin Franklin’s early life as a complex, driven young man who would go on to become the archetype of American ingenuity. Discover how the brilliant but flawed Founding Father got his start.
Nick Bunker is the author of Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity. Carol Berkin (moderator) is Presidential Professor of History Emerita at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.
The crucial Civil War Battle of Antietam in 1862 not only pitted General Robert E. Lee against General George B. McClellan in bitterly contested Union territory, it unleashed the bloodiest single day of combat in American history. Most consequentially of all, it was fought with the very future of the American Union and black freedom at stake. Acclaimed Civil War scholars discuss and debate the military, political, humanitarian, and historical perspectives of this pivotal fight.
In conjunction with New-York Historical Society’s groundbreaking exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, historian Manisha Sinha and journalist Brent Staples discuss the methods through which the South sought to reinstate slavery—including lynching, disenfranchisement, sharecropping, convict lease labor, and segregation—during the Jim Crow era, as well as how the African American population resisted.
With its rich history in African American politics, journalism, athletics, and culture, Harlem has evolved into one of the world's most celebrated neighborhoods. To complement the exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, Barry Lewis discusses the neighborhood's enduring architecture, from its classic Victorian brownstones to its renowned ballrooms.
In an intimate conversation, Patti Smith, acclaimed musician, writer, visual artist, and pioneer of the New York City punk rock movement, discusses the inspirations and influences that helped shape her prolific career.
Experts discuss American foreign policy in the Middle East, uncovering how the United States addressed the tension between tyranny and democracy from the Cold War through the Obama era and illuminating how politics in the Middle East have evolved since the 2011 Arab Spring protests.