Francesco Izzo “The Transformative Life Of Giuseppe Verdi” | April 8, 2014

Francesco Izzo, Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Southampton and co-director of the American Institute for Verdi Studies, speaks about the extraordinary impact of Giuseppe Verdi's life and music. April 8, 2014. 


Douglas L. Wilson, “Lincoln’s Encounter With Shakespeare” | April 9, 2014

Historian and author Douglas L. Wilson explores Abraham Lincoln's love of Shakespeare. April 9th, 2013.



Winter Lecture With John Matteson, “Mine Are Well-Spent Days: Margaret Fuller And The Re-Invention Of American Womanhood.” | NOVEMBER 18, 2014 | 

In November 2014, the Center welcomed John Matteson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Eden's Outcasts, to present a new talk entitled "Mine are Well Spent Days: Margaret Fuller and the Re-Invention of American Womanhood."  This special evening marked the Center's first event in our new home at 53 Washington Square South. In Professor Matteson's words, "In any discussion of Margaret Fuller, the word 'first' is apt to arise. She was the first woman granted access to the Harvard College Library. She was the first editor of The Dial, America's first experimental literary magazine. She wrote the first successful book on women's rights in America, Woman in the Nineteenth Century. She became the first regular foreign correspondent for an American newspaper, writing dispatches for Horace Greeley's New-York Tribune. For her brave work in the Roman Revolution of 1848-49, she became the first - and remains the only - American to have a street named for her in the Eternal City. And, at the age of forty, she became the youngest of the major American transcendentalists to die. Fuller was in all these ways a pioneer. But the most important ground she broke was in demonstrating, as no one before had dreamed of doing, that an American woman could live an independent, intellectual, and revolutionary life. Fuller not only altered the possibilities for women in America; she created them."


Autumn Lecture With James Carroll, “The Pope’s Uneasy Conscience: Why Bergoglio Matters” | SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 | 

In September 2014, the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives hosted historian James Carroll, author of Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews, for a public lecture, “The Pope’s Uneasy Conscience: Why Bergoglio Matters.”

 "Pope Francis has impressed the world with his modest demeanor and evident concern for impoverished peoples,” says Carroll. “But his steady rejection of the self-exoneration that marks not only prelates but most power figures suggests a deeper shift - not just for religion, but for a world politics centered on predatory capitalism. The Catholic Church, facing its failures, may prove to be the center of a much needed and quite broad moral reckoning. Is it possible? Can he do it? He’s the pope!” 

Carroll, the author of 11 novels and seven works of non-fiction, including An American Requiem, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction; Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary; House of War, which captured the first PEN-Galbraith Award; and Jerusalem, Jerusalem: How the Ancient City Ignited Our Modern World, which was named a 2011 Best Book by Publishers Weekly. In November, Viking will publish Christ Actually: The Son of God for The Secular Age. Carroll is a Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University in Boston.     


Autumn Lecture And Conversation With Taylor Branch, “Martin Luther King, Jr. And The Beloved Community” | NOVEMBER 19, 2013

The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at NYU hosted an extraordinary evening where Center Director Philip Kunhardt introduced Pulitzer Prize winning author of America in the King Years Taylor Branch, who presented a talk on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. This event was co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for Multicultural Education and Programs and the MLK Scholars Program.