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Conference Explores Relationships Among Founding Fathers, Dec. 10

"Columbia's Legacy: Friends and Enemies in the New Nation," a conference about the complex relationships among John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, Gouverneur Morris, and Robert R. Livingston Jr., will be held on Friday, Dec. 10.

United by their education at King's College in the 1760s and 1770s, these men were alternately friends, partners, political allies and enemies. The conference will examine their shifting alliances, tracing a critical period in the history of the United States.

The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Dag Hammarskjold Lounge on the sixth floor of the International Affairs Building. The afternoon session, from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., will be held at the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West.

Event Schedule

9:15 a.m. 9:45 a.m. "An Urban Education: King's College, 1760-1775"

10 a.m. 11:15 a.m. "Friends and Enemies: Entangling Alliances in Early New York"

11:30 a.m. 12:45 p.m. "Two Revolutions: Franco-American Diplomacy, 17811803"

2:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m. "Law and Politics in the New New York : Federalism, Politics and the Constitutional Struggle"

4 p.m. 5:30 p.m. "Legacies of Freedom"

The event is free and open to the public. To register, e-mail mh932@columbia.edu or call (212) 854-4768.

Celebrating Columbia's 250th year, the conference will highlight the roles New York and Columbia played during the founding years of the new nation. It will inspire an exploration of the various ways in which social context and established familiar and cultural networks can affect political life on a domestic, national and international scale. The event is presented by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Published: Dec 07, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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