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Robert A. Caro Symposium
Special Lecture Program
Robert A. Caro, Bob Woodward, Douglas Brinkley, William P. Kelly, Lisa Lucas, Jane Mayer, Brenda Wineapple (moderator)
Sunday, October 24, 2021 | 10 am–2:30 pm ET | $225 (Board, Chairman’s Council, and Members $175)

**Tickets go on sale to New-York Historical Society Members and the general public on Wednesday, September 15**


In 2019, the New-York Historical Society acquired the archive of Robert A. Caro, whose works on Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson are regarded as masterpieces of modern biography and history. Join us for a special day of discussion by distinguished historians, presented in conjunction with the opening day of “Turn Every Page”: Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive, an ongoing exhibition that features highlights showing his research and writing methods.

9 am ET:
Symposium attendee check-in begins in Smith Gallery (1st floor). “Turn Every Page”: Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive exhibition open for viewing in 2-East Gallery (2nd floor).

10 am ET:
Symposium commences in Robert H. Smith Auditorium (1st floor)

10–11 am ET:
History and Integrity in an Age of Misinformation
Featuring: Bob Woodward, Douglas Brinkley (moderator)

For more than five decades—from the Watergate era to the Trump presidency—Bob Woodward dedicated his life to honoring the highest standards of journalistic integrity. In a special conversation inspired by the research and writing methods of Robert A. Caro, Woodward discusses what historians and journalists can learn from one another and why dedication to the truth and objectivity is more important than ever in an age of misinformation.

Bob Woodward is a journalist and a #1 internationally bestselling author. His most recent book is Peril, which he co-authored with Robert Costa. Douglas Brinkley (moderator) is a bestselling author and serves as presidential historian for CNN and the New-York Historical Society.

11:15 am–12:15 pm ET:
Making History Matter
Featuring: William P. Kelly, Lisa Lucas, Jane Mayer, Brenda Wineapple (moderator)

Historians and journalists are not just documentarians, they are also storytellers. Through their craft, they invite the reader to analyze and care about historic events and look more closely at the pivotal characters whose actions define our present day. Renowned writers, scholars, and leaders—whose works cover the likes of Andrew Johnson and Barack Obama—illuminate how they have been influenced by the research and writing methods of Robert A. Caro as well as their own reverence for the craft of historical storytelling.

William P. Kelly is Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries at the New York Public Library. Lisa Lucas is senior vice president and publisher of Pantheon & Schocken Books and formerly served as executive director of the National Book Foundation. Jane Mayer is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of the New York Times bestseller Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. Brenda Wineapple (moderator) is an award-winning author of numerous books, including her most recent, The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation.

1:30–2:30 pm ET:
Turn Every Page

Keynote Lecturer: Robert A. Caro

Historian and biographer Robert A. Caro reflects on the poignant, exhilarating, and thrilling experiences that shaped his prolific career, including interviewing the mighty Robert Moses; discovering the extent of Moses’s political power; how daunted he felt confronting the vast holdings of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library; and what it was like to meet with witnesses whose lives were improved—or destroyed—by the power of the two men he chronicled.

For his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Robert A. Caro has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, twice won the National Book Award, three times won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and also won virtually every other major literary honor, including the Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that best “exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist.” The second National Book Award was for Lifetime Achievement. In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded Caro the National Humanities Medal. In 2019, he published a memoir, Working. Caro graduated from Princeton, was later a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and worked for six years as an investigative reporter for Newsday. He lives with his wife, the author Ina Caro, in New York City, where he is at work on the fifth and final volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Turn Every Page”: Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive, opening October 24.

Sponsored by 


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


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Unable to attend the symposium in person? Join us via livestream!
Livestream Access: $125 (Members $75)

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Advance registration closes four hours prior to program start time. Subject to availability, livestreaming tickets will be available via online purchase up until the program start time.


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