A symposium examining the life and work of the most prominent American socialist intellectual and political leader of the latter half of the 20th century, Michael Harrington, will take place at New York University’s Tamiment Library, 10th floor of the NYU Bobst Library (70 Washington Square South), on Thursday, November 15, at 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Call Peter Filardo at 212.998.2639 for further information.

Harrington (1928-1989) is best known as the author of The Other America: Poverty in the United States, which was widely credited with setting the agenda for the War on Poverty during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He was also a founder and leader of Democratic Socialists of America, the U.S. affiliate to the Socialist International.

Speakers at the symposium are: Maurice Isserman, author of The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington; Todd Gitlin, author of The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats; E.J. Dionne, Jr., syndicated columnist and author of They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives will Dominate the Next Political Era; and Norman Dorsen, Stokes Professor of Law at NYU and past president of the ACLU.

  • WHAT: Symposium on Michael Harrington
  • WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 15, 5:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: NYU Tamiment Library, 10th floor of Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Pl.)

Media wishing to cover this event should contact Barbara Jester at 212.998.6844; barbara.jester@nyu.edu.

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