Fridays@3: Harold Hozer on "The Presidents vs. the Press"

SEP 25, 2020 | 3:00 PM TO 4:30 PM

Harold Holzer



September 25, 2020: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM





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We are excited to announce that FRIDAYS@3* is back this fall.

*Please note that the program has been changed from 1 pm to 3pm to accommodate the IRP’s new schedule of classes. As always, members of the IRP are invited to as many of the talks as they like, and friends and family are cordially welcome. The Graduate Center will reach out to its large network, and we expect to have a large and enthusiastic audience. Feel free to invite anyone you think will find these talks stimulating.

For the first Fridays@3 we would like to present Harold Holzer. Mr. Holzer is the Jonathan F. Fanton Director of The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College in New York, a post he assumed in 2015 after 23 years as senior vice president of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mr. Holzer most recently wrote The Presidents vs. The Press: The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media From the Founding Fathers to Fake News.

For six years (2010-16), Holzer also served as chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation; for the previous 10 he was co-chair of the U. S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, appointed by President Clinton. In 2008, Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. In 2013, he wrote the Lincoln essay in the official program for the re-inauguration of President Obama.Holzer is the author, co-author, or editor of 54 books on Lincoln and the Civil War. His Lincoln and the Power of the Press won the 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, the Mark Lynton History Prize from the Columbia University School of Journalism, and the Goldsmith Prize from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School. His latest books are Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French (2019), and The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media, From the Founding Fathers to Fake News.Holzer’s 2012 Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America was the official young-adult companion book for the Steven Spielberg film Lincoln, for which Holzer served as script consultant. He also served for three years as the Roger Hertog Fellow at the New-York Historical Society. He was awarded the NY State Archives & History Award in 2017, served that spring as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Yeshiva University, and in 2020 taught at Cardozo Law School in New York.

Holzer ( has written more than 600 articles in scholarly journals and popular magazines, published 15 monographs, and contributed chapters or prefaces to more than 50 additional volumes. Among his many other awards are a second-place Lincoln Prize in 2005 for Lincoln at Cooper Union and book prizes from the Freedom Foundation, the Manuscript Society of America, the Civil War Round Table of New York, and the Illinois State Historical Society, along with lifetime achievement awards from the Lincoln Groups of New York, Washington, Peekskill, Kansas City, and Detroit; as well as honorary degrees from nine colleges and universities. Holzer is a member of many history boards and advisory committees and chairman and co-founder of The Lincoln Forum. He also serves as a Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum.

Holzer lectures throughout the nation. One of his programs, “Lincoln Seen and Heard,” with actor Sam Waterston, was telecast from the White House, the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library, the Clinton Presidential Library, the Library of Congress, and Ford’s Theatre. Holzer appears often on C-SPAN and the History Channel, serves as on-air commentator on CBS, PBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC, and has created and performed on-stage Lincoln programs with Stephen Lang, Richard Dreyfuss, Norm Lewis, F. Murray Abraham, Alec Baldwin, Annette Benning, Kathleen Chalfant, Holly Hunter, Neeson, Chris Noth, Fritz Weaver, Rufus Collins, and Dianne Wiest.

Before joining the Met in 1992, Holzer spent his early career as a journalist, a campaign and Congressional press secretary for Rep. Bella S. Abzug, an aide to New York Governor Mario Cuomo (with whom he co-authored two Lincoln books), and as spokesman for New York’s PBS station, WNET. He and his wife Edith live in Rye, New York, and have two daughters and two grandsons.