The White House Series: First Mothers
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Cokie Roberts, Gil Troy, Elizabeth Mehren, Lesley Stahl (moderator)
Wed, February 26th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
(Members $20)

Note: This event is sold out



Many remarkable mothers have given birth to American presidents, and as a result, helped shape the course of history through their relationships. Although America has yet to elect a female President, many women have played important parts in shaping presidential administrations and in changing the roles and the perceptions of women in politics. To celebrate the centennial of the Women’s Suffrage Parade of 1913, four experts discuss past First Mothers who have influenced a nation.


Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, a senior news analyst for National Public Radio, and author of Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty. Gil Troy is Professor of History at McGill University in Montreal and author of Mr. & Mrs. President: From the Trumans to the Clintons and Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady. Elizabeth Mehren is a Professor of Journalism at Boston University and a co-founder of the program Pamoja Together, launched in 2013 with the goal of telling global stories of foreign aid from the point of view of the recipients. Lesley Stahl (moderator), correspondent for 60 Minutes since 1991, is the co-founder of, a website for women created by women.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Bonnie Angelo is no longer able to participate in this discussion.


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


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Pre-order your ticket for this public program and for an extra $10 enjoy a glass of wine at Caffè Storico while a priority seat is reserved for you in the auditorium. Select the “package ticket” option online and stop by Caffè Storico prior to the event.

Note: Ticket order must be made at least one day prior to event. Pre-ordered drink must be redeemed before program begins. Priority seats will open to general public ten minutes before program start time. A full bar selection is also available; beverages exceeding $10 will be charged the a la carte menu price difference at time of redemption. Limited availability.

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