Past Public Programs

“Thirty years ago, we had a chance to save the planet. The science of climate change was settled. The world was ready to act. Almost nothing stood in our way – except ourselves.” Nathaniel Rich, Losing Earth: A Recent... Read more
In his new book, From Gutenberg to Google: The History of Our Future (Brookings 2019) former Federal Communications Commission Chairman and communications entrepreneur Thomas Wheeler looks back at Johannes... Read more
On March 25, 1911, fire engulfed at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory near Washington Square Park, killing 146 garment workers, mostly young Jewish and Italian immigrant women, in the space of 15 minutes. Their deaths energized labor struggles for... Read more
Please join us at Roosevelt House for a film screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies. The documentary brings to light the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling... Read more
During the bubble economy of the mid 1980s through... Read more
The Trials of Constance Baker Motley tells the story of the prominent civil rights lawyer who became the first African-American woman federal judge. ... Read more
Please join us at Roosevelt House as we welcome Evan Thomas, one of the most respected historians and journalists writing today. He will discuss his new book, First: Sandra Day O’Connor, an intimate,... Read more
The New York City Commission on Human Rights and the LGBTQ Policy Center at Roosevelt House invite you to mark the 33rd anniversary of the passage of the New York City gay civil rights law, in 1986, and to hear a distinguished panel discuss the... Read more
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Please join us at Roosevelt House as we welcome the renowned historian Deborah Lipstadt, who will discuss her new book Anti-Semitism: Here and Now, her acclaimed analysis of an intractable and resurgent anti-Jewish... Read more
Please join us as we welcome bestselling historian Lynne Olson to mark the publication of her latest book, Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest... Read more
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*** This event has been rescheduled for February 28, 2019 ***   The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority who have lived in Myanmar for centuries. The Rohingya have been targeted... Read more
Audre Lorde
Please join us at Roosevelt House as we commemorate the life and legacy of the late Audre Lorde, marking what would have been her 85th birthday this month. Lorde was the first African American and first woman poet laureate of New York, appointed... Read more
New York Academy of Sciences, Anthropology Section 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecture Series: Whatever Happened to Equality?  Considerations of Why Inequalitites Come to Seem Global and Inevitable. The current crisis in Europe creates new... Read more
Roosevelt House welcomes Robert H. Mnookin, the Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, who will discuss his acclaimed new book The Jewish American Paradox: Embracing Choice in a Changing... Read more
Roosevelt House welcomes Thomas Mallon, one of America’s preeminent historical novelists, to mark the publication of his new book, Landfall: A Novel, set during the tumultuous midpoint of the George W. Bush years... Read more
Public conversations about poverty and welfare, even today, rarely acknowledge the nexus between racialized gender inequality and the economic vulnerability of single-mother families. Felicia Kornbluh will gather with panelists... Read more
2019 SSRC Fellow Lecture featuring Lorraine Daston, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.  Lorraine Daston will speak on Mechanical Rules before Machines: Rules and Paradigms with responses... Read more
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Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab and Roosevelt House Director Harold Holzer cordially invite you to join Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Founding Chair of The New York State Mentoring Program, First Lady of New York (1982-1995);... Read more
In 2017, we commemorated the U.S. entry into the First War and the role of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and other Americans in that conflict. Now in 2018, just a few weeks after the centennial of the Armistice ending the war, please join us for... Read more
When the best-selling author and journalist Ruta Vanagaite (born in Šiauliai, Lithuania) discovered that her own relatives were complicit in the murder of Lithuanian Jews during the World War II era, she became determined to... Read more
Please join us at Roosevelt House as we welcome Terry Golway, to mark the publication of Frank & Al: FDR, Al Smith, and the Unlikely Alliance That Created the Modern Democratic Party, the story of the unlikely... Read more
The Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize honors individuals and not-for-profit organizations for distinguished accomplishment in the... Read more
Please join us at Roosevelt House as we welcome the distinguished historian David Levering Lewis, who will discuss his new book, The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country,... Read more
The Uncondemmed
A gripping story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who is fighting to have rape recognized and prosecuted as a war crime, and the Rwandan women who courageously came forward to testify. ... Read more
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Roosevelt House hosts a special screening of the new documentary, A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream. The film explores how eugenics—the belief that some groups and individuals are inherently superior to... Read more
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Roosevelt House welcomes Nadine Strossen, the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Constitutional Law at New York Law School, who will discuss her new book, HATE: Why We should Resist It with Free Speech, Not... Read more
Josh Howard & Charles Kaiser
Please join us at Roosevelt House as we continue our Friday night screening series with a special presentation of The Lavender Scare, a documentary film about a little-known chapter of American history — when, during the panic of the... Read more
Please join us at Roosevelt House as we proudly present the inaugural McNickle Lecture on Integrity in Government, featuring Nicholas Confessore, political and investigative reporter at The New York... 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.