The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s
Collaborative Programs
Non-Fiction at the Bryant Park Reading Room
William I. Hitchcock
Wed, August 22nd, 2018 | 7:00 pm


In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society, the Bryant Park Reading Room presents a series of free lectures on a wide array of topics including the American Revolution, presidential biography, women’s suffrage, and more.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower dominated the world stage from 1953 to 1961. Venerated for his leadership as a general during the Second World War, Eisenhower as commander-in-chief shepherded the nation through an unstable international landscape overshadowed by the Cold War. At home, he played a key role in the destruction of McCarthyism and the advancement of civil rights. Join us for a talk on the 34th president, who was ranked fifth in a 2017 survey of presidential historians of great American presidents.

William I. Hitchcock, author of The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s, is a professor of history at the University of Virginia and the Randolph Compton Professor at the Miller Center for Public Affairs.


This program will be held at the Reading Room in Bryant Park. The Reading Room is located on the 42nd Street side of the park between 5th and 6th Avenues. Look for the yellow and white umbrellas.

Rain Venue: In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. In case of severe weather, please check for the indoor location or contact the New-York Historical’s Department of Public Programs at 212-485-9205.


Free Admission. No advance reservation is required. First come, first served.


This program is produced in partnership with the Bryant Park Corporation.

Creative: Tronvig Group