Past Public Programs

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
A two-day academic conference.
How can we confront the problems of diminished democracy, pervasive economic inequality, and persistent global poverty? Is it possible to fulfill the dual aims of deepening democratic participation and achieving economic justice, not only locally... Read more
Harold Holzer‘s Lincoln and the Power of the Press has been widely acclaimed as “a monumental, richly detailed portrait of the world of 19th-­century journalism and Lincoln’s relation to it”... Read more
The James G. McDonald Distinguished Lecture on Humanitarian Intervention, co-sponsored by The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. ... Read more
Due to weather issues, tonight’s program with Mark Blyth will now start at 7 pm.  We will have light refreshments and book sales beginning at 6. Join us at Roosevelt... Read more
Event Will Be Held at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College (Entrance on 68th Street near Lexington Avenue)
On January 23, 2015, Roosevelt House hosted 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... Read more
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

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.