Cornell University Press Author Panel: Writing New York

Event Date:
5/21/2019 - 5/21/2019

Event Time:
6:00 pm

Club Programs

Join the Cornell Club for an author panel featuring three Cornell University Press Authors: David Lehman, Robert W. Snyder, and William J. vanden Heuvel.

Dean John Smith, Director of Cornell University Press, will moderate discussion between the authors- all three have the New York experience as a central character. The panel will be followed by a book signing.

David Lehman, the author of the forthcoming One Hundred Autobiographies: A Memoir (Cornell University Press), is the general editor of The Best American Poetry anthology series and the editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. His books of poetry include Playlist (2019), Poems in the Manner Of. . . (2017), New and Selected Poems (2013), and When a Woman Loves a Man (2005). For his book A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, he won the Deems Taylor Award from ASCAP.

In One Hundred Autobiographies: A Memoir, David Lehman brings the full measure of his intellectual powers to cope with a frightening diagnosis and painful treatment for cancer. With characteristic riffs of wit and imagination, he transmutes the details of his inner life into a prose narrative rich in incident and mental travel as the reader journeys with him from the first dreadful symptoms to the sunny days of recovery.

Robert W. Snyder is a professor of journalism and American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. He is the author of Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York (Cornell, 2015) and coauthor of All the Nations Under Heaven: Immigrants, Migrants and the Making of New York (Columbia, 2019.) A member of the New York Academy of History, he has written for scholarly journals, newspapers and magazines, and worked with television, radio and multimedia to present history to a broad public.

Robert W. Snyder's Crossing Broadway tells how disparate groups overcame their mutual suspicions to rehabilitate housing, build new schools, restore parks, and work with the police to bring safety to streets racked by crime and fear. The story of Washington Heights illuminates New York City's long passage from the Great Depression and World War II through the urban crisis to the globalization and economic inequality of the twenty-first century. 

William J. vanden Heuvel served as Deputy US. Permanent Representative to the United Nations. A former president of the International Rescue Committee, he was Executive Assistant to General William J. Donovan, Special Counsel to Governor Averell Harriman, and Assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. He is the founder of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Ambassador vanden Heuvel is an international attorney and investment banker.

In his new memoir, Hope and History: A Memoir of Tumultuous Times, Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel recounts inspiring stories from his eight decades as a soldier, lawyer, political activist, and diplomat. From the tragedy of the Vietnam War to the problems of racism and desegregation in America, the crisis in America's prisons, and the plight and promise of the United Nations, he touches upon themes that still resonate strongly today. Along the way, he shares personal memories of some of the great characters of American history.

6:00pm reception; 6:30pm panel discussion, gratis. Registration is required. Attendees are invited to dine at The Club with the panelists and moderator following the event. The cost is $45 per person, inclusive of tax, service charge, and one glass of wine with dinner. Dinner reservations are required 48 hours prior to the program. Same-day cancellations and no shows will be charged.

The post program dinner is sold out. Registrants may add themselves to the wait list. 


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