Bestselling Author Russell Shorto Presenting Special Lecture at Frostburg State

March 9, 2017

Frostburg State University

Frostburg State University will present "From Amsterdam to New Amsterdam," a lecture by bestselling author, historian and journalist Russell Shorto, on March 9, at 7 p.m. in Gira Center room 397. The event is free and open to the public.Shorto will explore the outsized influences of the Dutch city of Amsterdam on America's history, values and culture. Long renowned as one of the world's most liberal cities, Amsterdam exported its ideals of cultural tolerance and free trade to America's shores more than a century before the American Revolution.How did the values of one Dutch city come to influence the culture of a nation across the sea? What sort of impact did those liberal ideals have on the American experiment? An established authority on Dutch-American history, Shorto has lectured on the subject to the New York Historical Society, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and universities around the country.Shorto, who moved to Cumberland to do historical research, has written five books that have won multiple awards and been published in 14 languages, including the 2004 "New York Times" bestseller, "The Island at the Center of the World," and "Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City," in 2013. His sixth, "Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom," will be published in the fall.He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker.Shorto, a graduate of George Washington University, hails from Johnstown, Pa. He has previously lived in New York City and in Amsterdam; there he directed the John Adams Institute, which supports Dutch-American cultural exchange. In 2009, Shorto received a Dutch knighthood in the Order of Orange-Nassau for his services in strengthening Dutch-American relations.The lecture is funded by the Martha T. and Ralph M. Race Western History Lecture Fund, the FSU History Department and the FSU Center for Literary Arts.For more information, Contact the Center for Literary Arts at 301-687-4340 or visit