Col. James Johnson, Ph.D., executive director of the Hudson River Valley Institute, will speak at Manhattan College on Tuesday, April 7 at 4:00 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. Presented by the College’s Robert J. Christen Program in Early American History and Culture, the event is free and open to the public.
Johnson will deliver the lecture The Hudson River: The Key to America in the American Revolution dressed in full Revolutionary War uniform. The event also commemorates the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Henry Hudson, an English sea navigator who explored the New York City region and the river that would later bear his name in 1609.
As the military historian of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, Johnson is responsible for the institute’s American Revolutionary interpretive theme. Author of Militia, Rangers, and Redcoats, Johnson received his Ph.D. from Duke University and teaches courses at Marist College. A retired Army colonel, he is an expert on the War for Independence in the Hudson River Valley and has written numerous essays and articles on the subject.
Johnson served for 30 years in the U.S. Army before retiring in 1999. In his career, he completed two tours overseas in the Federal Republic of Germany and one in the Republic of Korea. During the second tour in Germany, he served as a staff officer at Headquarters, United States Army, Europe and as a battalion operations officer. He was a speechwriter for the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in the Pentagon and also taught for 15 years in two tours in the department of history at West Point.
More information about The Hudson River Valley Institute can be found on its Web site at
The Christen Program is named in honor of the late Robert J. Christen, a Manhattan College faculty member who served for many years on the Board of Education of the City of New York. For his many contributions to education, the Riverdale Public School 81 is named in his honor.
For more information about this event, please contact Julie Leininger Pycior, professor of history, at (718) 862-7126 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org