Carnegie Hall Festival on the 1960s: The Great Society Then and Now

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 6:00pm


NYU School of Law's D'Agostino Hall: Lipton Hall

108 West 3rd Street

(between Macdougal and Sullivan)

New York, NY 10012


6:00 p.m. - Check-in 
6:30 p.m. - Program


Medicaid. Medicare. Food Stamps. Head Start. The Great Society of the 1960s is still woven deeply into American life. And it is the subject of vociferous attack in Congress, editorial pages, and presidential tweets. The original drive for the Great Society, led by the still-controversial Lyndon B. Johnson, had at its heart a guarantee of health care for the old and the poor. Steadily, conservatives have built up a formidable counter-drive — culminating in today’s congressional assault on Medicaid. What impact do these fights have on our nation? Why are Great Society policies still under attack?

We will hear from Joseph Califano, chief domestic aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and an architect of the Great Society program. Califano served as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare in the Carter administration, and is one of the nation’s leading voices on health and addiction policy. He will be joined by Karen Tumulty, a columnist at the Washington Post who closely covered today’s fights over Medicaid, immigration, and the Affordable Care Act.


Joseph Califano, former Secretary of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare; former Special Assistant for Domestic Affairs to the President of the United States; author, Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act

Karen Tumulty, columnist, The Washington Post


This event is part of Carnegie Hall’s The ’60s: The Years that Changed America festival.