Across the political spectrum, government leaders and citizens alike are questioning the future of America's democratic institutions, with many feeling the liberal tenets of freedom and equality are being threatened. Is liberalism worth defending, or does political salvation lie elsewhere? Adam Gopnik discusses the value of liberalism and the inherent and radical humanity of its ideals and will walk us through some of its major sites and most inspiring people.
What is America’s role on the increasingly contentious global stage? Foreign policy experts discuss the essential role America has played for decades in keeping the world’s worst instability in check, and what is likely to happen if we withdraw from this position and focus our attention inward.
What shaped the most contentious and enduring issue in all of American history? Esteemed historian Sean Wilentz, in conversation with journalist Brent Staples, illuminates the strident political and constitutional struggle over slavery that began during the Revolution and concluded with the Confederacy’s defeat.
In a world increasingly defined by political unrest and unpredictability, the coming conflict is between the citizen and the state. Political scientist Ian Bremmer, in conversation with Merit Janow, explores the downsides of globalism, the struggle between the insider and the outsider, between governments and citizens, and the fear that has generated drastic geopolitical shifts.
From Martha Washington and Abigail Adams to the present day, women have wrought enormous influence on the U.S. government. Experts return to survey and celebrate how women have affected the executive branch and how their roles have influenced the American republic as a whole.
Join us for the final installment of our five-part series on Gouverneur Morris, Alexander Hamilton’s best friend. Learn how Morris spent his later years—falling in love with the sister-in-law of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, a disgraced member of the prominent Randolph family—and follow him to the days after the infamous Hamilton-Burr duel, when he gave the eulogy at Hamilton’s funeral and established a fund for his fallen friend’s family.
In conjunction with New-York Historical Society’s exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad discusses how the legacy of Jim Crow continues to reverberate throughout American society today and illuminates how much work is still left to be done on the path towards racial equality and civil rights for all.
John A. Farrell, who discovered the evidence that Richard Nixon interfered in President Johnson’s peace efforts in Vietnam during the 1968 presidential election, in conversation with Douglas Brinkley, discusses the life and career of a man who led America in a time of turmoil and left the country in a darker age.