The White House: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Jodi Kantor
Jonathan Alter
Kati Marton (moderator)
Tue, April 29th, 2014 | 6:30 pm


Three journalists explore the evolving relationship between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—from the political rivalry that defined the 2008 presidential primaries to their powerful professional partnership—and consider how their similarities and differences came into play during the first four years of Obama’s presidency and how they will affect their respective futures.

Lincoln "by littles"

Lewis E. Lehrman
Wed, April 23rd, 2014 | 6:30 pm


Few know that our 16th President, the man who saw the Union through the Civil War, did not have the chance to properly attend school. He went “by littles”, increments that amounted to fewer than 12 months of formal education over several years. Noted historian and author Lewis E. Lehrman follows Abraham Lincoln’s incredible life, highlighting key moments that give insight into how he went from the poor son of a frontiersman with little formal education to one of the most celebrated leaders in American history.

Our Haggadah with Cokie and Steven Roberts

Cokie Roberts
Steven V. Roberts
Tue, April 8th, 2014 | 6:30 pm


Each year during the Passover Seder, Jewish families recount the story of the Exodus from Egypt using the Haggadah as their guide book. Acclaimed authors Cokie and Steven V. Roberts share their unique and personalized vision of the traditional Haggadah, exploring their own family traditions, lessons they’ve learned as an interfaith couple, and inclusive Passover rituals.

Around the World with Barry Lewis: London

Barry Lewis
Sun, April 6th, 2014 | 5:00 pm


London and its metropolitan area are the sources of much of our own American modern architectural and interior design. Whether Arts and Crafts or metallic “modernist,” London’s designers of the 19th century paved the way for our 20th-century ideals of “honest” design. Join Barry Lewis and discover how John Soane, William Morris, Owen Jones, Joseph Paxton, and others inspired Americans to embrace modernisms long before Mies van der Rohe was even born.

Great Battles of the Civil War: Shiloh

John F. Marszalek
James M. McPherson
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Thu, April 3rd, 2014 | 6:30 pm


The first momentous battle of the West launched Ulysses S. Grant as a new Union hero—but came perilously close to ending with a Confederate victory. Shiloh also raised the bar on battlefield bloodshed: at the time, April 1862, it was the deadliest encounter of the entire Civil War. Leading Civil War historians discuss every aspect of the two-day battle—from strategies to casualties, miracles to miscalculations.

Embattled Superpower: Churchill and Britain in the Aftermath of the First World War

John H. Maurer
Sat, March 29th, 2014 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute


9 am — Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 am — Program

Paradise Planned: The Garden Suburb and the Modern City

Robert A.M. Stern
Tue, March 25th, 2014 | 6:30 pm


The planned garden suburb is a phenomenon that originated in England in the late-18th century, then quickly spread to the United States and beyond in the 19th. Renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern discusses the evolution of these bucolic settings and the important lessons they hold for the future of our towns and cities.

The White House: Readers and Leaders of the West Wing

Tevi Troy
Gil Troy
Wed, March 19th, 2014 | 6:30 pm


How have media and literature shaped the leadership styles and worldviews of our nation’s highest office? From Jefferson to Lincoln and Bush to Obama, two renowned presidential historians provide an in-depth look into this timeless question.

Justice Thurgood Marshall

Randall Kennedy
Tue, March 11th, 2014 | 6:30 pm


As a powerful voice in the battle for Civil Rights and the first African American appointed to the nation's highest court, Justice Thurgood Marshall was among the scores of African Americans across the country who were conquering color barriers in government, sports, music, and culture. A former law clerk to Justice Marshall offers an in-depth look at this monumental figure and his enduring legacy.

The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left

Yuval Levin
William Kristol (moderator)
Tue, March 4th, 2014 | 6:30 pm


For more than two centuries, America’s political culture has been polarized between the left and the right, between a party of progressive ideologies and one of conservative. Two experts explore the roots of American political order through the men who represented each side of the left/right debate at its outset—Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine—and consider how their views continue to shape our current political discourse.

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