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New-York Historical Society Announces February 2014 Films and Talks

The New-York Historical Society has announced its programs for February 2014. All programs are presented at the New-York Historical Society unless otherwise noted. Details below!


For tickets to Public Programs, call the New-York Historical Society's call center at (212) 485-9268 or visit Programs $34 (Members $20) unless otherwise noted.


Foreign Policy with David Sanger and Richard Haass

Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 pm

David E. Sanger, Richard N. Haass (moderator)

Here at home and across the globe, questions regarding U.S. foreign policy and national security are always of critical concern. Focusing on President Obama's unforeseen foreign policy challenges, David E. Sanger, in conversation with Richard N. Haass, highlights key issues for present and future U.S. foreign policy makers.

Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection

Saturday, February 8, 9:30-11 am

Debora Spar, Louise Mirrer (moderator)

$40 (members $28)

Over fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the Equal Pay Act of 1963 with an aim to rectify the imbalances between women and men in the workforce. But how far have women really come? Debora Spar, the president of one of the most esteemed all-women schools in the nation, examines the difficult choices and enduring challenges that continue to confront women today.

Before the Fall: From the Roaring Twenties to the Crash of '29

Saturday, February 15, 9:30-11 am

James Grant, Amity Shlaes, Byron R. Wien (moderator)

$40 (members $28)

Throughout the 1920s, the U.S. stock market experienced a period of unprecedented growth during which stocks more than quadrupled in value. But in 1929, the nation-and much of the Western world-was brought to its knees in one of the worst economic disasters in modern history. Focusing on the years preceding the crash, three experts explore how a near-decade of wild opulence and unbounded optimism culminated in Black Tuesday and the devastation that was left in its wake.

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Fight for Black Equality

Wednesday, February 19, 6:30 pm

David Levering Lewis, Khalil Gibran Muhammad (moderator)

$30 (members $18)

An accomplished scholar and outspoken activist, W.E.B. Du Bois fought racism and discrimination from local institutions to the highest levels of government. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Levering Lewis, in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad, discusses the life and work of one of the most prominent civil rights activists of the early 20th century, from his role as a founding member of the NAACP to his vehement protests against the 1915 release of The Birth of a Nation, a film supported by President Woodrow Wilson that glorified the Ku Klux Klan.

The U.S. Constitution, Congress, and the Media

Saturday, February 22, 9:30-11 am

Kenji Yoshino, Robert Post, and Linda Greenhouse

$40 (members $28)

In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, strained relations between the partisan forces in Congress are being amplified across the nation like never before. Following New-York Historical's Friday-night screening of Frank Capra's political drama Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, experts in constitutional law and legal history examine the interplay between the U.S. Constitution, Congress, and the media.

The White House Series: First Mothers

Wednesday, February 26, 6:30 pm

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