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.
America’s strength is deeply rooted in three core principles: the rule of law, the power of truth, and the right of equal opportunity for all. In 2013, after a decade of reporting from the Middle East and China, journalist Evan Osnos returned to the U.S. to find these tenets under assault.
How did a regionally and ideologically diverse confederation of British colonies wage a successful war for independence against one of the world’s most formidable empires? Bringing together a cast of familiar and forgotten characters, including George Washington, Mohawk chief Joseph Brant, and ordinary civilians, two Pulitzer Prize-winning historians cast a fresh light on the revolutionary cause that birthed a new, unified nation.
In August 2020, the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the ensuing appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court cemented the rise of a conservative supermajority in our nation's highest court of law. Does this herald an irrevocable move to the radical right for the Supreme Court, and what does it mean for John Robert’s legacy as a nonpartisan justice? Legal journalist Linda Greenhouse looks at where the courts stand after Donald Trump’s presidency.
Widely recognized for his erudite film reviews, journalist and cultural critic A.O. Scott approaches the cinematic arts with a discerning eye and has gained the respect and admiration of filmmakers and movie lovers alike. In a special conversation that will be complemented by clips, Scott casts a new light on some of the legendary, yet undeservedly forgotten, films, including Fred Zinnemann’s Five Days One Summer and Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
Between the pandemic, protests, and wildfires, could we have predicted that 2020 would eventually be described by many as the worst year on record? Niall Ferguson looks back at disaster preparedness through history and argues that 2020 was not simply an annus horribilis, but a year emblematic of how we are becoming worse at tackling catastrophe in the 21st century rather than better.
DATE CHANGE: Due to a Museum closure, the public program "The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel," originally scheduled to take place on Thursday, October 28, has been postponed and will now take place on Thursday, November 11 at 6:30 pm.*
The most famous battle of the Civil War took place July 1-3, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA. When it was over, the Confederate Army retreated, never to carry the war north again. At a cost of 51,112 dead, wounded and missing on both sides, Lincoln’s forces thwarted the Confederacy’s last, best hope to force a negotiated peace—but failed to end the war. Yet their efforts inspired great oratory and reminiscence—as well as distortion—by mythmakers who romanticized the battle at the expense of its terrible impact and inconclusive result.
Between 1848 and 1899, the gold rushes in California, Australia, and South Africa set in motion an unprecedented immigration of Chinese laborers to the western world. However, even as these foreign workers helped enrich nations and individuals alike, friction between them and white settlers culminated in the enactment of laws excluding Chinese people from immigration and citizenship. Discover how this period in history upended global power and economics and forged modern conceptions of race.
The New-York Historical Society welcomes Members and visitors back to the Museum with a panel discussion presented in the Robert H. Smith Auditorium and an array of activities throughout the building during the day. Ticket includes Museum admission.
10–11 am ET: New York and the Nation from the Founding to Reconstruction
Featuring: David W. Blight, Annette Gordon-Reed, Akhil Reed Amar (moderator)