New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

A Celebration of Albert Gallatin, Founding Father of U.S. & NYU, September 23

September 10, 2010
16

New York University will host a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Albert Gallatin, a founding father of both the United States of America and NYU, on Thursday, September 23, 6-8 p.m., at the school bearing his name, NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Place [at Broadway]).

Gallatin, who was born January 29, 1761 and who emigrated from Switzerland to America in 1780, served as secretary of the treasury in the Jefferson and Madison administrations—the longest-serving treasury secretary in U.S. history. Gallatin, who also was president of the New-York Historical Society, is buried in Trinity churchyard at Broadway and Wall Street. The event coincides with the release of Gallatin America’s Swiss Founding Father (NYU Press), authored by Nicholas Dungan.

The celebration will include remarks by: Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey; NYU President John Sexton; Gallatin School Dean Susanne Wofford; and author Nicholas Dungan.

“During his first years in office, he focused his efforts on reimbursing the public debt,” Dungan writes in America’s Swiss Founding Father. “Gallatin’s fiscal conservatism and administrative excellence allowed him to finance the Louisiana Purchase through a bond issue and meet the exceptional financial challenges caused by European conflicts and the War of 1812, which sorely tested public finances.”

“Among many lessons of his career,” the author concludes, “Gallatin teaches us that public debt reduction requires unwavering political commitment to fiscal discipline.” 

Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

 

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Gallatin School of Individualized Study, NYUToday-feature

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: James Devitt | (212) 998-6808

A Celebration of Albert Gallatin, Founding Father of U.S. & NYU, September 23

NYU will host a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Albert Gallatin, a founding father of both the United States of America and NYU, on Thursday, September 23, 6-8 p.m., at the school bearing his name, NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.


Search News



NYU In the News

NYU Offers Financial Aid to Undocumented Students

The Wall Street Journal reported that NYU will begin offering scholarship aid to undocumented students for the school year beginning next September.

NYU Adopts Lean LaunchPad Program to Teach Entrepreneurship

Startup guru Steve Blank, in a Huffington Post blog, described how NYU adopted the Lean LaunchPad model to teach entrepreneurship to students and faculty at NYU.

Biology Professor Jane Carlton Examines Wastewater for the City’s Microbiome

The New York Times’ Science Times column “Well” profiled Biology Professor Jane Carlton and her research project to sequence microbiome of New York City by examining wastewater samples.

Steinhardt Professors Use a Play as Therapy

The New York Times wrote about a play written by Steinhardt Music Professor Robert Landy about the relationship between Adjunct Professor Cecilia Dintino, a clinical psychologist in the Drama Therapy Program, and a patient, former Broadway actress Jill Powell.

NYU Public Health Experts Urge Strengthening Local Health Systems to Combat Ebola

Dean Cheryl Healton of the Global Institute of Public Health and Public Health Professor Christopher Dickey wrote an op-ed in the Huffington Post saying international health agencies need to strengthen their presence in countries at the local level to prevent future ebola outbreaks.

NYU Footer