Past Programs
James Madison
Richard Brookhiser, Benno Schmidt (moderator)
Tue, October 25th, 2011 | 7:30 pm
(Members $12)


Carl Menges

Event details

James Madison was one of the most influential and integral figures in American history: he collaborated on the Federalist Papers and the Bill of Rights, assembled one of the nation’s first political parties and took to the battlefield during the War of 1812, becoming the last president to lead troops in combat. Richard Brookhiser presents a vivid portrait of the “Father of the Constitution,” an accomplished yet humble statesman who nourished Americans’ fledgling liberty.

Speakers Bio(s)

Richard Brookhiser is Senior Editor of the National Review and the author of nine books, including Alexander Hamilton, American and James Madison. Benno Schmidt (moderator) is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York and the former President of Yale University.


Please Note Location: During the New-York Historical Society’s major renovation project (from April 2010 – November 2011) the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series will be presented at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, unless otherwise noted.

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