Past Public Programs

New York Times bestselling author Jay Winik brings to life in gripping detail the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President... Read more
On Wednesday, September 16th, 2015, we welcomed Margo Jefferson, author of the new book, Negroland: A Memoir, her deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture, as seen through the prism of her rarefied upbringing and... Read more
Please join us at Roosevelt House as we begin our fall season of public programs with a special appearance by Joy-Ann Reid, National Correspondent for MSNBC. Ms. Reid will discuss her new book Fracture: Barack Obama, the... Read more
An evening with Abigail Santamaria in conversation with Anne C. Heller, author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made and Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times on the occasion of... Read more
The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Join us for a discussion with Steve Fraser on his book The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power. A groundbreaking investigation of how and why, from the 18th... Read more
When Samuel Battle broke the color line as New York City’s first African American cop in the second decade of the twentieth century, he had to fear his racist colleagues as much as criminals. He had to be three... Read more
Can Cops and Community Get Together?
Join us at Roosevelt House as we celebrate the publication of The Republic of Conscience, the new book by former Senator Gary Hart, in which he examines the growing gap between the founding... Read more
Please join us as we welcome Senator George Mitchell to Roosevelt House to mark the recent publication of The Negotiator: A Memoir, of his long and varied life in public service. George... Read more
Kaye Playhouse @ Hunter College (E. 68th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues)
The fifth annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize: ... Read more
Please join us as we welcome Nobel laureate Alvin E. Roth to Roosevelt House to introduce his new book, Who Gets What – and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design, in which he reveals the often... Read more
Please join us for this year’s Phyllis L. Kossoff Lecture, as we welcome Barney Frank to Roosevelt House for a special evening celebrating the recent publication of his memoir Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great... Read more
In 1921, a small group of self-appointed patriots set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They named their operation “Nemesis,” after the Greek goddess of retribution. Over several years,... Read more
In his latest book, prizewinning historian H.W. Brands, author of the bestselling Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, turns his attention to Ronald Reagan, whom... Read more
Why are group decisions so hard? Since the beginning of human history, people have made decisions in groups, first in families and villages, and now as part of companies, governments, and countless other groups. But does the group benefit from... Read more
Explore the lives and legacies of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt from multiple perspectives. Roosevelt House and FDR Four Freedoms Park are offering tours in collaboration–you’re welcome to attend one or the other, but we hope... Read more
Please join Hunter College President Jennifer J. Raab and Arts Across the Curriculum at Roosevelt House for a screening of the new film The American Nurse followed by a panel discussion with the director. This... Read more
The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College invites you to a discussion about the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran. The speakers will be ... Read more
The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College is pleased to host “Human Rights in the USA,” a forum in advance of the May 11 review of the US Human Rights Record at the UN Human Rights Council.  The... Read more
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr., chief counsel to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School, visits Roosevelt House to mark the publication of his new book, Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of... Read more
Historian Michael Signer, who has served as counsel to Governor Mark Warner in Richmond and as senior policy advisor at the Center for American Progress, discusses the early life of James Madison, the fourth president of the... Read more
Susan Butler‘s new book explores the complex partnership during World War II between FDR and Stalin and tells the story of how the leaders of the capitalist world and the Communist world became more than allies of... Read more
Roosevelt House will host a panel discussion, “Politics of Gentrification: Investment, Displacement and the Fight for the Future in Greenpoint and Chinatown,”  which picks up on a recent series of Issue Briefs on affordable housing in New... Read more
Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s wave of Great Society legislation gave historic momentum to greater economic and racial equality. Much of that progress is embedded in society today, and yet the income gap between the richest... Read more
Join us for a special evening featuring Erik Larson, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts, who will introduce his new book, Dead Wake, the story of... Read more
Arlene Alda‘s Just Kids from the Bronx is a collection of vivid oral histories revealing what it was like to grow up in the place that bred the influencers in just about every field of endeavor today. The Bronx is... Read more
Robert Putnam, author of the groundbreaking and influential bestseller Bowling Alone, discusses his newest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, an authoritative examination of the growing inequality... 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.