• Noon-12:50 p.m., “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty”
Wife to one president, mother to another, Barbara Bush may be one of the most influential and underappreciated women in American political history. Join biographer Susan Page whose recent portrait — based on extensive interviews and even access to Mrs. Bush’s diary — brings to life this formidable and complicated American icon famous for her candor, her wit, her fearlessness and, yes, her pearls. Stick around after the event for a book signing with Page.
Interview of Page by Eric Motley; $55 (includes lunch); Hotel Jerome Ballroom
• Noon-12:50 p.m. “Viewpoints: Why Women Now?”
In the post #MeToo era, the potential to shift women’s political, economic and philanthropic power is profound. How will this activism be harnessed to fundamentally change our nation’s course? What is the agenda for women going into the 2020 elections? Can a broader consensus in support of women’s issues be mobilized?
Panel discussion moderated by Peggy Clark and Ann Mosle; $55 (includes lunch); St. Regis Hotel Ballroom
• 5:30-6:30 p.m., “The Art of the Story: A Thousand Small Sanities”
Where do we come from — ideologically? What comfort and lessons are we to take from our forebearers? Acclaimed author and essayist Adam Gopnik performs from his newest work, “A Thousand Small Sanities,” taking the audience on a tour of the great places and people who crafted and furthered the liberal vision. From Montaigne to Mill and from Middlemarch to the Civil Rights Movement, Gopnik tells intertwining stories of the great thinkers of modern liberalism with an eye on coping with our present.
To be followed by book signing with Gopnick; $30; Hotel Jerome Ballroom
• 5:30-6:30 p.m., “Tackling Glass Ceilings: Football’s Female Phenoms”
The NFL was long-considered the final frontier for women in sports. But with landmark hirings of women in the league, is the playing field finally starting to even out? Two trailblazing female NFL coaches share what it’s like to hang with the boys and open up about what it takes to overcome stereotypes and gender discrimination for the sake of girls everywhere and for the love of the game.
Discussion moderated by Cari Champion, $30, Wheeler Opera House Bar
Note: Tickets can be purchased online, at the Wheeler Box Office or, if available, in person at the door.