Voices of Reason: Alan Wolfe & Michael Kazin

Wednesday, March 19th 2008 at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, March 19th 2008 at 9:00 pm
General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen, 20 W. 44th St.

1968 and 2008: Years of Rage, Reason And Change

1968 was a pivotal year in American history and 2008 is shaping up, in a very different way, as a year with the potential for enormous political change. CFI-NYC program director Susan Jacoby, author of the NY Times bestseller The Age of American Unreason , will be joined by the distinguished scholars and cultural critics Alan Wolfe and Michael Kazin for a panel discussion on Wednesday, March 19, on the impact of the dramatic and painful events of 1968 on American politics over the next four decades and on the current presidential campaign. This event is co-sponsored by the Gotham Center for New York City History of the City University of New York. It begins at 6:30 p.m. at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 W. 44th Street.

Wolfe, director of the Boisi Center for Religion and Public Life at Boston College; author of Does American Democracy Still Work? ; and a frequent contributor on cultural and political topics to magazines such as The New Republic and The Atlantic , will discuss the influence of 1968 on the rise of conservatism during the past 40 years. Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University and co-author, with Maurice Isserman, of America Divided: The Civil War of the Sixties , will talk about how the left both won and lost the culture wars of that era. Kazin is the author, most recently, of A Godly Hero: The Life of Willian Jennings Bryan .

Wolfe's and Isserman's talks will be followed by what should be a provocative panel discussion moderated by Jacoby and a freewheeling question-and-answer session with the audience. The speeches will be brief, and we'll have more time than usual for audience questions and comments. Because 1968 has a special meaning for everyone who remembers the traumatic events of that year-and young people often ask why those of us who lived through those historic times are still "hung up" on the past-we expect some verbal fireworks.

Again, the event t will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, 20 W. 44th Street. Admission $10. We urge you to reserve a place, because we expect space to be limited, given the unusual opportunity to hear three important cultural commentators talk at the same event.

Co-sponsored with the Gotham Center for New York City History.


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