What is the fate of the American Republic? From the future of the Republican Party to the status of fundamental democratic principles including freedom of speech, a free press, and the rule of law, Americans are questioning what the future holds for our democracy in these tumultuous times.
Leading experts uncover the consequences of major legal issues triggered by the Trump administration’s policies, including controversies over Dreamers, citizenship and the U.S. Census, as well as the relevance and meaning of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
Join leading historian Stephen Kotkin for a riveting talk on the current ties between the United States and Russia—with a special focus on the relationship between Vladimir Putin and Donald J. Trump. Learn how the current moment stands apart from recent history since the Cold War.
“Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors…”
The framers established standards for impeachment of a sitting United States president, but how has the text of the Constitution been interpreted and enforced throughout American history? Leading constitutional scholars debate what constitutes an impeachable offense.
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.