Many of the nation’s thorniest problems today had their origins in the most divisive era in American history, the Civil War. Our lives and institutions continue to be shaped by the path taken as the country sought to redefine its identity after the war. This wide-ranging discussion explores what we must do to secure that “new birth of freedom” Lincoln envisioned.
Almost immediately following his assassination, Abraham Lincoln was transformed from the embattled wartime leader and the Great Emancipator into somewhat of an American saint. More than 150 years since his death, conservatives, liberals, and independents alike continue to find inspiration and guidance from the 16th president’s wisdom and steadfastness.
Continuing their riveting discussion from January 2016, celebrated presidential historians William E. Leuchtenburg and Douglas Brinkley return to reflect on the end of a tumultuous but dynamic 2016 campaign season, exploring how presidents, candidates, and elections have evolved from the time of Theodore Roosevelt to the present day.
Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Stamp Act Crisis ignited the American Revolution and foreshadowed a long series of events that would ultimately lead to the creation of a new nation. Behind the major upheaval was an extensive political debate between Great Britain and the American colonies on ideas of liberty and representation. Gordon S. Wood, a leading expert on the American Revolution, explores the intellectual revolution and how it shaped the War of Independence.
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Abbe R. Gluck (moderator)
Wed, 10/29/2014 - 18:30
Wed, October 29th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
Note: This event is sold out
In an intimate conversation, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses the challenges and key moments of her accomplished career—from her central role in and strategy for gender discrimination law suits to her tenure as one of the few female Justices to serve on the nation’s highest court. Justice Ginsburg also offers personal insight into the culture of the current Court and shares her thoughts on the difference between being an advocate and a judge.
One-hundred years ago, Woodrow Wilson was sworn into office as the 28th President of the United States. Over the next eight years he would guide the country through the First World War and prove to be one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. As the first writer given access to recently-discovered papers belonging to President Wilson’s daughter and personal physician, biographer A. Scott Berg shares his unique insight into the man behind the icon.