Homestead welcomes historians on Dec. 10For three reasons, I thought this notice was odd: First, although I had attended dozens of public lectures over the years, I could not recall a lecture delivered by a team of two speakers. Second, I did not recall that the famous historian Jacques Barzun had been an authority on New York City. Third, I knew that he had died in October.
The John Jay Homestead State Historic Site will host a pair of historians on Monday, Dec. 10, as part of the Goodhue Lecture Series.
Kenneth T. Jackson, director of the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History, and Jacques Barzun, professor in history and the social sciences at Columbia University and the leading historian of New York City, will present “The Resilient Metropolis: The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of New York City.”
I went to the website of the John Jay Homestead. There, the lecture was described as follows:
Annual Goodhue Lecture
An Evening with Kenneth T. Jackson
Presenting The Resilient Metropolis: The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of New York City
Monday, December 10th
6:15 P.M. - ReceptionWhat a difference a comma can make.
7:00 P.M. - Presentation
Professor Jackson, the Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University, is the pre-eminent historian of New York City; a prolific author, Editor-in-Chief of the renowned Encyclopedia of New York City, and winner of virtually every important history prize in the field.
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*The notice can no longer be accessed online.