Join us for an evening with esteemed American historian Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University. In an intimate conversation, Faust discusses her work as a Civil War historian and uncovers the pivotal role universities play in modeling cultural and political understanding and strengthening American society.
Join us for an evening with one of the country’s most prominent historians, Eric Foner, discussing his illustrious career including his work on American icons such as Thomas Paine and Abraham Lincoln. In a wide-ranging conversation moderated by David M. Rubenstein, Eric Foner covers his substantial scholarship on the Civil War, slavery, and 19th-century America.
Acclaimed historian Annette Gordon-Reed is renowned for her work uncovering both the political and the private life of one of America’s most celebrated Founders, Thomas Jefferson. Join us for an in-depth look at the enigmatic third President’s vision of himself, the Revolution, and the American experiment taking shape around him.
Billie Jean King—longtime champion for social justice, former No. 1 tennis player in the world, and the first female athlete and first member of the LGBT community to be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom—is a pioneering leader in the movement for gender equality both within and outside of sports.
Join us for an evening with celebrated presidential historian and author Douglas Brinkley, in conversation with David M. Rubenstein. From Rosa Parks to Walter Cronkite to U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and beyond, Brinkley offers insight into the iconic historical figures he has surveyed throughout his prolific career.
In the 1970s, Patty Hearst, the young heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by renegade leftist revolutionaries. Best-selling author Jeffrey Toobin recounts the controversial period during which Ms. Hearst became an ardent supporter of her captives’ cause and was prosecuted in one of the most ludicrous trials in American legal history.
During the Civil War, Washington, D.C.—finding itself caught in the bloody dispute between North and South—transformed from a small, Southern town into an immense Union army camp and hospital. In conversation with David M. Rubenstein, author Cokie Roberts discusses the women of Washington during this turbulent period and the indispensable role they played in maintaining the capital, keeping the Union unified, and forever changing the place of women in society.
From the origins of computer programming in the 1840s to the most recent iPhone release, technology has come to infiltrate every aspect of our lives. Yet, despite its constant presence, we often forget how technology innovators’ ideas become realities. Best-selling author Walter Isaacson, in conversation with philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, discusses the historical saga of the digital revolution and the creative visionaries who contributed individually and collaboratively to our contemporary technological culture.