The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream
History with David M. Rubenstein
David M. Rubenstein, Louise Mirrer (moderator)
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 6:30 pm ET | Free

Note: In-person tickets are sold out, however the program is available to view via livestream. See below for more information.


The American experiment began with a revolutionary idea that a nation could be founded on the principles of democracy, equality, and liberty. In a new book that highlights enlightening discussions with award-winning historians, diplomats, music legends, and sports giants—including Jill Lepore, Madeleine Albright, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Ken Burns, and Billie Jean King—“patriotic philanthropist” David M. Rubenstein traces how the American experiment, in all its promise and imperfection, has evolved over the past 250 years. Discover the ingenuity, setbacks, and social movements that continue to define what America is—and what it can be.

David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of the Carlyle Group, is the author of The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream and the host of History with David Rubenstein on PBS. Louise Mirrer (moderator) is president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society.

*Each in-person program ticket includes a copy of The American Experiment: Dialogues on a Dream by David M. Rubenstein. Audience members are invited to pick up their copy at the program registration desk, which will be located next to the main entrance of the Robert H. Smith Auditorium. Books must be picked up in person the evening of the program and will not be mailed.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


The in-person program has reached capacity. There will be a standby line the evening of the program. One hour before the program begins, we will begin handing out standby numbers with members receiving priority. Shortly before the program begins, we would begin selling tickets if we are able to do so. Standby does not guarantee admission.

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. All sales are final; refunds and exchanges not permitted. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Management reserves the right to refuse admission to latecomers.


Unable to attend in person? Join us via livestream!
Livestream Access: Free 

The day before the program, a member of New-York Historical’s staff will contact all registered attendees from the email address with instructions on how to view the livestream. An additional reminder will be sent within two hours of the program start time. If you do not receive a message, please check your spam folder.

Programs and dates may be subject to change.

Advance registration closes four hours prior to program start time. Subject to availability, livestreaming tickets will be available via online reservation up until the program start time.


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