The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Kati Marton, Jonathan Alter (moderator)
Thursday, November 11, 2021 | 6:30 pm ET | $38 (Members $24; Chairman’s Council, Free)

DATE CHANGE: "The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel," originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 28, will now take place on Thursday, November 11 at 6:30 pm.*

*Please note that the program originally scheduled to take place on November 11, "The Last King of America," has been canceled due to ongoing travel restrictions between the U.S. and U.K. We hope to reschedule it for our winter/spring season.


How did Angela Merkel, a research chemist and pastor’s daughter raised in Soviet-controlled East Germany, ascend to become the world’s most powerful woman? Acclaimed biographer Kati Marton illuminates the life and political savvy of the reputedly private German chancellor, who is internationally lauded for her wisdom, humility, and capacity to bridge bitter divisions.

Kati Marton, a George Foster Peabody Award-winning journalist and a human rights advocate, is the author of The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel. Jonathan Alter (moderator), an award-winning historian, columnist, and documentary filmmaker, is the author of His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life.


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


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