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setting the river on fire

Setting the river on fire

November 30th, 2016 - Since his death in 1977 at the age of sixty, Robert Lowell has remained a major presence in our literature, and to mark the anniversary, the Center hosted a distinguished assemblage of writers gathered on the campus of New York University to honor his life and work.  

 

SOJOURNER TRUTH: “A LIFE, A SYMBOL”

SOJOURNER TRUTH: “A LIFE, A SYMBOL”

November 15th, 2016 - Historian, author, artist, and biographer Nell Painter spoke on the iconic and elusive figure of Sojourner Truth, exploring both her lived life and her symbolic impact. 

 

the making of presidents

the making of presidents

October 25th, 2016 - The Biographers of Carter, Reagan, Clinton and Obama on the Election of 2016: A panel discussion moderated by CBS News’s Lesley Stahl, with Jonathan Alter, Jacob Weisberg, David Maraniss, and David Remnick on the making of modern America presidents.

 

Lincoln's quest for union

lincoln's quest for union

April 4th, 2016 - The Center hosted an evening with Charles B. Strozier, psychoanalyst, CUNY Professor of history, and author of the book Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed. During the discussion, Strozier illuminated Lincoln’s inner life, focusing on his periods of depression and his closest relationships.  

 

THE OUTSIDER: HANNAH ARENDT AND HUMAN FREEDOM

THE OUTSIDER: HANNAH ARENDT AND HUMAN FREEDOM

November 17th, 2015 - Anne C. Heller, author of Hannah Arendt: A Life in Dark Times, spoke about Arendt’s place in history as one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. Heller discussed the way Arendt ennobled public life as the antidote to the perils of romantic rootlessness and loneliness.

 

DEMYSTIFYING JFK

timothy naftali: DEMYSTIFYING JFK

October 6th, 2015 - The co-author of two books detailing aspects of JFK’s career, and an editor of his famous tapes, Tim Naftali is compled a biography for Norton that looks at the entire presidency in light of newly available documents, oral histories and tapes. Naftali finds a Kennedy who is more pragmatic and political than his inner circle acknowledged and more skeptical of the Cold War and American power than revisionist critics ever realized. And, as Naftali also discovered, JFK’s elusiveness was not accidental.

 

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: THE LIFE WE WANT

April 21st, 2015 - Author Roxana Robinson explores the life of artist Georgia O'Keeffe. "O'Keeffe is a model for women everywhere," says Robinson. "She showed that a woman could paint what she saw and what she felt, and lead a life that was productive and fulfilling, the life we want." 

 

IS BIOGRAPHY TRUE?

March 24th, 2015 - A panel discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Stacy Schiff, Ron Chernow, and John Matteson. Moderated by James Atlas. Introduction by Center Director Philip Kunhardt. Co-presented by New York University's Biography Seminar and The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives