“From Amsterdam to New Amsterdam: Transplanting Culture and Community”
Thursday, October 9, 2014
The Nelly Goletti Theatre, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Please RSVP to HRVI@marist.edu, or by calling 845-575-3052
Russell Shorto is the author of five books that have been translated into over twelve languages, including his most recent, Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City. (2013, Doubleday) His other publication, The Island at the Center of the World, was a national bestseller in the United States and The New York Times named it and Descartes’ Bones among the top 100 books of the year. He has won several literary prizes that include the New York City Book Award, the Washington Irving Prize, and the New York Public Library Award. He is the former director of the John Adams Institute, an independent American culture center in Amsterdam. He has written extensively on Europe, history, politics, and the religious right in the U.S. Shorto is currently a senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute in Albany, N.Y., and a contributing writer for such publications as The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, GQ, and The New York Times Op-Ed page, among others.
“From Amsterdam to New Amsterdam” will focus on how the Netherlands’ battle against water made it unique in Europe and eventually to North America. Shorto will discuss “water, the rise of liberalism, and the conundrum of how a communal sensibility gave rise to individualism.”
The lecture is free and open to the public.
The Handel-Krom Lecture Series in Hudson River Valley History was established through the generosity of community leaders Bernard and Shirley Handel and LTC Gilbert A. Krom, U.S. Army, Retired, to promote knowledge and appreciation for the rich history of this unique and important region of America. The Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College is supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.