Lindsay Chervinsky to Deliver Annual Christen Lecture on George Washington’s Cabinet

Chervinsky will speak about the importance of our first president’s Cabinet and what those precedents mean today.

Portrait photo of Lindsay ChervinskyOn Thursday, March 3 at 7 p.m., Lindsay Chervinsky, Ph.D., a nationally known scholar and presidential historian, will speak about the importance of George Washington’s Cabinet, its path-breaking years, and what those precedents mean today.

The discussion is the centerpiece of the 2022 Robert J. Christen Program in Early American History and Culture, hosted by the Manhattan College History department.

Chervinsky will deliver a presentation on the first president of the United States and his surrounding supporters, then will take questions from the audience online via Google Meet. The virtual event is free and open to the general public. Please visit this link to participate.

Chervinsky is the author of The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution and the forthcoming book, An Honest Man: The Inimitable Presidency of John Adams. She is a columnist at Governing and Washington Monthly, a regular contributor to media outlets and podcasts, and teaches audiences of all ages. 

Founded in 1986, the Robert J. Christen Program in Early American History and Culture honors the late Robert Christen, a longtime Manhattan College history professor who also served as a member of the New York City Board of Education until his death in 1981 at age 53.

He was one of the founders of the Pacem in Terris Institute of Manhattan College, developed during a time of war to advance the study of peace. Public School 81 in Riverdale has since adopted his name.  

For more information about the Christen Program, please contact Adam Arenson, Ph.D., professor of history, at or (718) 862-7317.

By Pete McHugh