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Le Conversazioni: An Evening with Margo Jefferson
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Margo Jefferson, Antonio Monda (moderator)
Mon, December 2, 2019 | 7 pm | $38 (Members $24) | Students $10


Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic and author Margo Jefferson writes extensively on American arts and culture: she has been a staff writer for the New York Times and Newsweek, and her reviews and essays have appeared in publications such as New York Magazine, Vogue, and Harper’s. Join her and writer/director Antonio Monda for an illuminating conversation on her career and influences.

Margo Jefferson, professor of professional practice in writing at Columbia University, is the author of Negroland, which received the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. Antonio Monda (moderator) is artistic director of Le Conversazioni literary festival and artistic director of the Rome Film Festival.


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


By phone: Contact New-York Historical’s in-house call center at (212) 485-9268. Call center is open 9 am–5 pm daily.
Online: Click on the orange “Buy Tickets” button at the top of this page.
In person: Advance tickets may be purchased on site at New-York Historical’s Admissions desk during museum hours.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

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.


Presented as a part of Le Conversazioni in partnership with Dazzle Communication and CPW Conversations. Presented under the patronage of MiBACT Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. Major support has been provided by Persol (main sponsor). Additional support has been provided by Intesa Sanpaolo, Gucci (official sponsors), and Capri Palace (partner).

Creative: Tronvig Group