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Give Me Liberty: A History of America's Exceptional Idea
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Richard Brookhiser, Akhil Reed Amar (moderator)
Thu, November 7, 2019 | 6:30 pm | $38 (Members $24) | Students $10


Nationalism can help foster a sense of belonging and identity, but it has increasingly become weaponized across the globe as a dividing force. Surveying ideas contained in essential written works from the past 400 years, experts illuminate how the pursuit of liberty forged the American identity and continues to define a truer, more inspiring form of American nationalism.

Richard Brookhiser is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and the author of Give Me Liberty: A History of America’s Exceptional Idea. Akhil Reed Amar (moderator), a trustee of the New-York Historical Society, is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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Through the generosity of Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the New-York Historical Society brings a wide array of extraordinary lectures and dynamic conversations to New York’s Upper West Side.

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