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The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White

Speaker: 
Daniel J. Sharfstein
Brent Staples (moderator)

NEW DATE: Thursday, April 12, 6:30 PM
Please note that this program will no longer take place on Tuesday, April 10.

Thu, 04/12/2012 - 18:30
Thu, April 12th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

NEW DATE: Thursday, April 12, 6:30 PM
Please note that this program will no longer take place on Tuesday, April 10.

 

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In America, race is a riddle. With the widespread availability of DNA testing and the boom in genealogical research, it has become even harder to view race neatly in black or white. Daniel J. Sharfstein, in conversation with Brent Staples, unravels the stories of three families who represent the complexity of race in America and force us to rethink our basic assumptions about who we are.

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The Table Comes First: Family, France and the Meaning of Food

Speaker: 
Adam Gopnik
Tue, 04/03/2012 - 18:30
Tue, April 3rd, 2012 | 7:30 pm

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Never before have we cared so much about food. With inimitable charm and learning, Adam Gopnik takes us on a beguiling journey that begins in eighteenth-century France — the birthplace of our modern tastes and, by no coincidence, of the restaurant — telling the story of French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, who fled to New York during the French Revolution. Mr. Gopnik surveys the history of the table and seeks to understand why so many apparently live to eat.

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Conquered into Liberty

Speaker: 
Eliot A. Cohen
Josiah Bunting III (moderator)
Thu, 03/29/2012 - 18:30
Thu, March 29th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

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For more than two centuries, beginning in the 1600s, five peoples — the British, French, Americans, Canadians and Native Americans — fought a series of fierce, bloody battles over the key to the North American continent: the corridor running from Albany to Montreal, dominated by the Champlain valley. Eliot A. Cohen and Josiah Bunting III tell the story of how woodland skirmishes and massacres, frontal assaults and shadowy covert actions shaped America’s approach to geopolitics and war.

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The Draft Riots, Part II

Speaker: 
Edna Greene Medford
Carla L. Peterson
Barnet Schecter
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Thu, 03/15/2012 - 18:30
Thu, March 15th, 2012 | 7:30 pm

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In the summer of 1863, in the simmering cauldron of New York City, tensions over the new Union draft law boiled over into a vicious, bloody, racially-motivated riot, the second-largest civil insurrection in American history after the Civil War itself. Experts examine the causes of the conflict, its sickening violence and the enduring legacy it left on New York.

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Citizen Founders: Ratification, the People Debate the Constitution, 1787–1788

Speaker: 
Pauline Maier
Jack Rakove
Akhil Reed Amar (moderator)
Tue, 11/09/2010 - 18:30
Tue, November 9th, 2010 | 6:30 pm

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The American Constitution is our nation's most important document and the battle to ratify it was a crucial turning point in American history. Three experts recall a nearly 225-year-old debate that raged in homes, taverns, and convention halls across the new nation and discuss the key players who fought for and against ratification.

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Special '21' Club Breakfast & Talk - A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia

Speaker: 
Aaron L. Friedberg
Mon, 11/28/2011 - 08:00
Mon, November 28th, 2011 | 8:00 am

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Join us at New York’s landmark ‘21’ Club for this singular program, which includes a breakfast and lecture for $65 (members $55). Book signing with author to follow.

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The Battle for Civil Rights

Speaker: 
David Levering Lewis
Khalil Gibran Muhammad (moderator)
Thu, 02/16/2012 - 18:30
Thu, February 16th, 2012 | 6:30 pm

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In this powerful program, two experts reflect on the successes and setbacks in the struggle for civil rights and the changing ways in which the story of the Civil Rights Movement is told, from early writers and activists like W.E.B. DuBois, to the turbulent years of the 1950s and ’60s, to the present. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Freedom Now: Photographs by Platon.

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Women and the White House, Part II

Speaker: 
Kati Marton
Cokie Roberts
Gil Troy
Lesley Stahl (moderator)
Tue, 02/07/2012 - 18:30
Tue, February 7th, 2012 | 6:30 pm

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Continuing the conversation from last year’s program, we look back at the many influential and important women in the history of America’s highest elected office and discuss the impact women are having on the 2012 election. Although America has yet to elect a woman to the presidency, many women have played important parts in shaping previous presidential administrations and in changing the roles and the perceptions of women in politics.

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Sherman and the North Advance

Speaker: 
James M. McPherson
John F. Marszalek
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Tue, 01/31/2012 - 18:30
Tue, January 31st, 2012 | 6:30 pm

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Nearly a century and a half after it occurred, Union General William T. Sherman’s epic march from Atlanta to the sea remains one of the most astonishing military feats in American history — as well as one of the most controversial. Generations of Northerners have regarded it as a model of leadership, bravery and resolve. But many Southerners recall it as a brutal desecration of property and honor and judge Sherman as nothing less than a war criminal. What made Sherman march and how important was his triumphant move east in 1864?

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Homes of Early New York: Birth of an American Style

Speaker: 
Barry Lewis
Thu, 01/26/2012 - 18:30
Thu, January 26th, 2012 | 6:30 pm

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New York and its environs have a surprising collection of houses from the Colonial period through the era of the early Republic. Looking at houses as diverse as the Dutch and Georgian Wyckoff in Brooklyn and the Greek Revival Bartow-Pell in the Bronx, we will see both the evolution of early American home design and why these earlier eras, in their Yankee simplicity, served as template for the modernisms of our own time.

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