Past Public Programs

Please join us at Roosevelt House for a rare opportunity to meet Ken Burns and Geoffrey C. Ward, creators of the acclaimed PBS documentary, “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” and authors of the... Read more
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Join us at Roosevelt House for a special evening exploring the argument — and contemporary meaning — of The Declaration of Independence, the foundational statement of America’s commitment to equality. Danielle Allen,... Read more
Join us at Roosevelt House for a special evening with Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative. A MacArthur “Genius” award winner and one of the... Read more
Join us at Roosevelt House for a book discussion with journalist Nicholas Wapshott. In The Sphinx, Nicholas Wapshott recounts how an ambitious and resilient Roosevelt—nicknamed “the Sphinx” for his cunning, cryptic... Read more
Sixty years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that segregation made schools “inherently unequal” and had no place in education in the 20th century. This landmark ruling found that segregation violated the 14th... Read more
In the wake of Syria’s civil war, the Islamic State (IS), also known as ISIS, has emerged as the new face of extremism and ethnic violence in the Middle East. IS has seized international attention and raised widespread fear with a series of... Read more
The Marshall Project is a pioneering initiative in public service journalism to bring skilled investigative reporting to the American criminal justice system.  It is scheduled to launch in mid-November. Neil... Read more
However You Dress. Wherever You Go.
The recent reports of sexual assaults on college campuses have opened a new debate about notions of masculinity, sex and gender relations. This panel will explore the roots of campus-based sexual violence, strategies to address and prevent it, as... Read more
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New technologies can play a key role in protecting human rights, but also create new threats to human rights and vulnerabilities for human rights defenders. This program examined such developments as the use of satellite imagery, drones, and... Read more
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College East 68th Street (btwn. Lexington and Park Avenues)
From acclaimed historian Richard Norton Smith comes the definitive life of an American icon: Nelson Rockefeller — one of the most complex and compelling figures of the... Read more
New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow’s Fire Shut in My Bones looks back at his childhood in the out-of-time... Read more
Roosevelt House welcomed former Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino to celebrate the publication of his memoir Mayor for a New America, in which he takes us behind-the-scenes of the crises and triumphs of his... Read more
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The rapidly spreading Ebola epidemic in West Africa is both a human rights and public health crisis. Join us at Roosevelt House for a panel discussion where we will examine the human rights standards applicable to the epidemic, and the threat... Read more
In an ideal world, the laws of Congress – known as federal statutes – would always be clearly worded and easily understood by the judges who must interpret them. But the wording of many laws is ambiguous or even contradictory. What are the... Read more
A special lecture with Cecilia Muñoz, Director of the Domestic Policy Council and Assistant to President Obama. RSVP ... Read more
A special conversation about two giants of American politics, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan. Jonathan Darman, author of Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of... Read more
 The Duke Lacrosse team scandal was front-page news across the country in 2006, and its reverberations have been felt ever since. But the full story of... Read more
The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College hosted a two-day conference marking the 20th anniversary of the end of Apartheid and the establishment of South Africa’s constitutional... Read more
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Roosevelt House screened Underwater Dreams, a documentary film by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio and narrated by actor Michael Peña, which chronicles the... Read more
The Invisible Bridge
Journalist and historian Rick Perlstein is the author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (2008), an acclaimed and revelatory look at one of the most chronicled presidencies in American... Read more
Douglas Brinkley is one of the most popular historians writing today. His books on Theodore Roosevelt (The Wilderness Warrior), Walter Cronkite and... Read more
New York City is home to one of the nation’s most robust charter sectors, boasting nearly 150 schools and 50,000 students. The future role that charter schools should play in the Department of Education’s policies,... Read more
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute held a book discussion with James Tobin, author of The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency, an account of Franklin Roosevelt’s ten-year climb from... Read more
Former US solicitor general Theodore B. Olson and litigator David Boies discussed their book Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality, the story, in their own... Read more
A special evening commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day as Roosevelt House welcomed Nigel Hamilton, the award-winning biographer whose new book is The Mantle of Command: FDR at War,... Read more

Public Programs at Roosevelt House are free to the public and open with advance registration, made possible through the support of the Charina Endowment Fund and other generous donors.