New York's Future Is in Its Past
Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute Lecture
Russell Shorto
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 6:30–7:30 pm ET | $30 (Members $20; Chairman’s Council, Free)

Program Update: This program will now take place live on Zoom rather than in person.



Presented live on Zoom

When the Dutch founded the city of New Amsterdam, at the tip of Manhattan Island, they brought three elements that would shape the city of New York: tolerance, trade, and water management. Four hundred years later, these issues are confounding the modern world. Questions of tolerance, race and immigration roil our politics. Rampant inequality points to the need to make capitalism work for all. Climate change demands drastic action. Russell Shorto, in his inaugural talk as Executive Director of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute for New York City History, Politics, and Community Activism, argues that both the roots of these dilemmas and their solutions lie in New York’s past. Join us as he takes us back and makes New Amsterdam new again. 

Russell Shorto is the bestselling author of The Island at the Center of the World, Amsterdam, and Revolution Song. His most recent book is Smalltime: A Story of My Family and the Mob.

A program of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Institute for New York City History, Politics, and Community Activism at the New-York Historical Society, created and supported by ​the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation



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