Russell Shorto, "From Amsterdam to New Amsterdam"

Third Annual Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History

POUGHKEEPSIE (October 8, 2014) – Bestselling author and historian Russell Shorto will deliver the Third Annual Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Nelly Goletti Theatre in the Marist College Student Center. Amsterdam by Russell Shorto

What made the Netherlands unique in Europe was its battle against water. By following the Dutch to North America, Shorto explores the fascinating connections among water, the Dutch communal sensibility, and the rise of liberalism and individualism.

Shorto is a senior scholar at the New Netherland Institute in Albany, N.Y. and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He has also written for The New RepublicThe Nation, GQThe New York Times Book Review, and The New York Times Op-Ed Page.

He is the former director of the John Adams Institute, an independent American culture center in Amsterdam. He has written extensively on Europe, history, politics, and the religious right in the U.S.

Shorto is the author of five books, including his most recent, Amsterdam: A History of the World’s Most Liberal City, Descartes’ Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason, and the bestselling The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America.

The Handel-Krom Lecture in Hudson River Valley History was established through the generosity of community leaders Bernard and Shirley Handel and LTC Gilbert A. Krom, U.S. Army, Ret., to promote knowledge of and appreciation for the rich history of this unique and important region.