Friends of John Jay Homestead is proud to sponsor two lecture series.

The Scholars Lectures are held usually in the winter, usually in a series of three talks on a theme showcasing the history that can be told through the Jays and their house. The series is underwritten by a Scholars Lectures Committee. Click here for names of current Committee members and information on how to join the Committee.

Click here for the 2017 Scholars Lectures Series: Guidance for a New President.

Click here to download the 2017 Scholars Lectures Series flyer.

Click here for previous years’ offerings.

The Founders Lecture is an annual members-only talk, usually held in the fall. Begun in 2004, it was sponsored by the Goodhue family, and named for Mary B Goodhue, a New York State legislator and long-time supporter of the Homestead. Beginning in 2014, the lecture has been known as the Founders Lecture, and is sponsored by Michaela and Skip Beitzel. Click here for previous years’ offerings.

For a list of all speakers, click here.

Past Lectures

2017 Scholars Lecture Series: GUIDANCE FOR A NEW PRESIDENT

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
James Traub, John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit

Traub is author of six books and a writer for ForeignPolicy.com, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Atlantic Magazine,   National Review and Foreign Affairs. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Click below to listen to the lecture.

 

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Akhil Reed Amar, New York and the U.S. Constitution

Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale, where he teaches constitutional law in the  College and the Law School and where he won the DeVane Medal, Yale’s highest award for teaching excellence.  After clerking for then Judge (now Justice) Stephen Breyer, Amar joined the Yale faculty at the age of 26.  His work has won awards from both the American Bar  Association and the Federalist Society, and he has been favorably cited by Supreme Court justices across the spectrum in more than 30 cases.  In February he received the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar Award. Click below to listen to the lecture.

 

2016 Scholars Lecture Series: TELLING STORIES OF WAR

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Darden Smith and Mary Judd, SongwritingWith:Soldiers—the Civil War Diaries of Our Time
SongwritingWith:Soldiers pairs active duty and veteran service members with professional songwriters to produce songs about their experiences. The evening will include a performance as well as information about the program. Darden Smith, Creative Director, is a singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas, who founded the program after performing in a military hospital in Germany in 2012; Mary Judd is an educator and the program’s Executive Director. See the lecture on YouTube

 

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Kevin M. Murphy, American Encounters: Anglo-American Portraiture in an Era of Revolution
When we look at the art in the Homestead collection –works by Gilbert Stuart, Benjamin West, Jean-Antoine Houdon, John Trumbull – we might not see the signs of growing Revolutionary fervor. American Encounters shows us how to look for them. Kevin Murphy’s book grew out of a series of exhibit collaborations among The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The High Museum, Musee du Louvre, and Terra Foundation for American Art. Mr. Murphy was the exhibit curator at Crystal Bridges, and is now the Eugenie Pendergast Curator of American Art at the Williams College Museum of Art. Click below to watch the lecture.


 

 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Nicholas A. Robinson, The Forest Charter and Magna Carta: Evolving Human Rights in Nature
The Forest Charter was the vehicle through which the 800-year-old Magna Carta was kept effective, restraining the power of kings to collect from their subjects the funds needed to pay for wars. It also created the first lasting principles for negotiating competing claims on the natural world – a “rule of law for nature.” Nicholas Robinson has been a leader in the field of Environmental Law since its birth, and is currently University Professor for the Environment at Pace Law School and Co-Director of its Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies, and an Adjunct Professor at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Click below to watch the lecture.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Rand Scholet, Alexander Hamilton: Washington’s Indispensable Partner
Rand Scholet, President of the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, will describe each period of George Washington’s public service, and discuss how seven key Founding Fathers contributed to his success:  in addition to Jay and Hamilton, the seven include Adams, Franklin, Jefferson, Knox, and Madison.