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New Series Featuring David M. Rubenstein in Conversation
with Prominent Historians and Authors Premieres Sunday, February 3 on WNET

New York, NY—January 31, 2019—The New-York Historical Society announced today the launch of the institution’s first television series, New-York Historical Society Presents. Premiering on WNET on February 3, the series features conversations between philanthropist David M. Rubenstein and world-renowned historians, including Ron Chernow, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Walter Isaacson. Other episodes hosted by CNN and New-York Historical Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley focus on American presidents and their legacies with special guests as New-York Historical seeks to broaden its audience for these insightful conversations.

“For over a decade the New-York Historical Society has steadily expanded the impact of its exhibitions, public programs, and educational efforts by sharing its great intellectual and artistic treasures with audiences beyond its walls,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of New-York Historical Society.  “On February 3, for the first time ever, we proudly and eagerly take the next step, inviting audiences throughout the New York region to engage in, enjoy, and learn from some of the greatest historians in the world via WNET Channel 13. History with David M. Rubenstein, a path-breaking series of conversations moderated by ‘patriotic philanthropist’ David M. Rubenstein, in its fourth season at New-York Historical's headquarters on Central Park West, will now be available to the broad public via TV.  We are delighted that WNET Channel 13 audiences will also be treated to timely, thought-provoking, and historically-based debate and discussion around the American presidency, in a new series moderated by New-York Historical presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, debuting on February 10.”

New episodes of New-York Historical Society Presents will air Sundays at 11:30 am on WNET.

February 3: In the inaugural episode, David M. Rubenstein welcomes American historian Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University, as she 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.

February 10: Joanne Freeman, co-host of the podcast BackStory, joins New-York Historical’s Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley for a journey into George Washington’s America, uncovering the challenges of a young nation’s developing democracy and revealing the cast of characters—including Alexander Hamilton—who founded the nation.

February 17: David M. Rubenstein sits down with award-winning author Ron Chernow as they dive into the life of Ulysses S. Grant, the subject of Chernow’s latest book, Grant.

February 24: New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker explores the legacy of Barack Obama and his presidency in conversation with Douglas Brinkley.

March 3: Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks with David M. Rubenstein about her new book, Leadership: In Turbulent Times, which explores the qualities of a good leader through the lens of the American presidents she has surveyed during her distinguished career as a biographer.

March 10: Walter Isaacson joins David M. Rubenstein as the two discuss Isaacson’s prolific career as a preeminent historian and biographer.

Host Bios

David M. Rubenstein, an American philanthropist, is co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. He is chairman of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Harvard Corporation, and a trustee of the National Gallery of Art.

Douglas Brinkley, Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and professor of history at Rice University, is the bestselling author of several books, including Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, and serves as presidential historian for CNN and the New-York Historical Society.

About the series
The series’ executive producer is Dale Gregory, New-York Historical vice president for public programs. The editorial producer is Shanna Forlano. Sean McGinn serves as editor; Russ Sapid is the graphic designer. Alexander Kassl and Heather Whittaker are production assistants. Funding for this program has been provided by Trustees of the New-York Historical Society.

About the New-York Historical Society
The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. New-York Historical is also home to the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, one of the oldest, most distinguished libraries in the nation—and one of only 20 in the United States qualified to be a member of the Independent Research Libraries Association—which contains more than three million books, pamphlets, maps, atlases, newspapers, broadsides, music sheets, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

Press Contacts
Ines Aslan                                                               Marybeth Ihle
New-York Historical Society                             New-York Historical Society
(212) 485-9263                                                       (212) 873-3400 ext 326
Ines.aslan@nyhistory.org                                Marybeth.ihle@nyhistory.org

Image credit: David M. Rubenstein sits down with Doris Kearns Goodwin in an upcoming episode of New-York Historical Society Presents. Photo credit: Don Pollard.

Thursday, January 31, 2019
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