NAF NY & MCNY: Presentation by Russell Shorto ‘Our 400-Year Battle with Water’

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Date(s) - 10/11/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Museum of the City of New York


The Netherland-America Foundation and
The Museum of the City of New York invite you to

A Presentation by Russell Shorto

Our 400-Year Battle with Water

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 7pm

Manhattan’s natural advantage as an island at the mouth of two great rivers helped turn New York City into one of the world’s greatest commercial metropolises. Yet from the earliest Dutch settlements in the 1600’s to the present day, the city’s coastal location has also long rendered it susceptible to flooding and hurricanes. Join historian and best-selling author Russell Shorto as he revisits New York’s centuries-old battle with water, and explores the parallels between the early Dutch efforts to tame the tides and the city’s present-day responses to climate change.

This event is part of Core Conversationsa series of lectures, talks, and tours in which New York City’s leading thinkers examine the four key themes of our New York at Its Core exhibition — diversity, density, money, and creativity — each through their own unique lens. To view all programs in this series, click here

Hosted by
Museum of the City of New York
1220 5th Ave & 103rd St
New York, NY 10029

Regular price $25 p.p.
NAF Members & Friends
Use code WATER15 for $10 off!

First select ticket type ‘Adult/Senior/Educator/Student’.
On the following screen you may enter the discount code.

Ticket includes Museum admission,
book signing and reception.

Following his talk, Shorto will be joined by
Pauline Krikke, Mayor of The Hague for a brief exchange.

About Russell Shorto
Russell Shorto is the best-selling author of The Island at the Center of the World and Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City. He is also a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and served as director of the John Adams Institute in Amsterdam from 2008 to 2013. Shorto’s newest book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom, will be released on November 7, 2017.

This event has been made possible with additional support from the city of The Hague. Special thanks to the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

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