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The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives welcomed back author David Blight to discuss his definitive, dramatic biography of the most impactful African-American of the nineteenth century, Frederick Douglass. Calling him "the prose poet of America's...body politic," Blight’s new book tells the story of the escaped slave who became the greatest orator of his day and one of the leading abolitionists and writers of the era.   

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"king in the wilderness" | april 9, 2018

The Center for the Study of Transformative Lives in collaboration with the SKIRBALL TALKS series, the NYU Office of Global Inclusions, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation, NYU Tisch, and NYU Steinhardt presented a special screening of King in the Wilderness, an HBO film by Peter Kunhardt, centered on the last years of Martin Luther King Jr.  The screening was in conjunction with a panel discussion featuring the film's executive producer Trey Ellis, and Pulitzer Prize winning historian David Levering Lewis. 


"Nelson Mandela at 100 - the making of a moral icon" | february 20, 2018

The Center and the NYU Biography Seminar co-hosted an extraordinary evening with distinguished biographers Richard Stengel and Xolela Mangcu.  The evening covered the life and legacy of the first black South African president and was followed by a stimulating Q&A.