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The Leon Levy Center at the National Book Fair, Sept 1

Executive Director Kai Bird will moderate a panel entitled "Spies & Biography" at the National Book Fair, which will be held in Washington, DC on Sept. 1. The panel is composed of eminent writers David Ignatius, Adam Sisman and Joseph Kanon. Kai Bird                         [...]

2018-08-06T19:32:07+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Center News, Events|

Esther Allen, ’14 – ’15 Fellow, Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Esther Allen, Associate Professor of Modern Languages at Baruch College, CUNY, and Leon Levy Fellow in 2014 - 2015, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in translation. Allen is co-editor of In Translation: Translators on their Work and What It Means, and she has translated works by Javier Marías, José Manuel Prieto, and many others. As a [...]

2018-07-05T13:20:18+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Alumni, Center News|

Announcing the 2018-2019 Leon Levy Biography Fellows

Kai Bird, the Executive Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, announced today the award of four resident fellowships at the Graduate Center. Each fellow receives a $72,000 grant, writing space and full access to research facilities. These fellowships are generously funded by the Leon Levy Foundation. The four Leon Levy Biography fellows for [...]

2018-07-05T13:20:19+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Center News, Fellows and Fellowships|

Kai Bird Reviews New Biography by Jennet Conant

Kai Bird, Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, reviews Man of the Hour by Jennet Conant for the New York Times. An Acclaimed Biographer Takes on her Grandfather, the Atomic Scientist James B. Conant. Biography is a notoriously arduous affair. Typically, the biographer spends years in the archives, sifting through documents, folder by [...]

2018-07-05T13:20:20+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Center News|

The Graduate Center, CUNY’s Leon Levy Center For Biography Announces Its 2017–2018 Fellowship Winners

The GC’s Leon Levy Center for Biography announced the recipients of four resident fellowships, supported by the Leon Levy Foundation, for the upcoming academic year.   Each recipient of the prestigious award receives a $65,000 grant, writing space, and full access to research facilities. Fellows also participate in monthly seminars and the center’s public events, including its [...]

2018-03-22T20:45:22+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Center News, Fellows and Fellowships|

3 Questions: Kai Bird on “Israel & Palestine”

Earlier this month, the GC’s Leon Levy Center for Biography hosted “Israel and Palestine Through the Lens of Biography & Memoir,” featuring Dan Ephron, the author of Killing a King: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Remaking of Israel, and Sari Nusseibeh, the philosopher, former PLO representative in Jerusalem, and author of the memoir Once Upon a Country: [...]

2018-03-22T20:45:22+00:00 March 13th, 2017|Center News, Events|

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Kai Bird To Head Leon Levy Center For Biography

The Graduate Center announced today that Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Kai Bird has been appointed Executive Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, effective January 27, 2017. He succeeds noted biographer and jazz and film critic Gary Giddins in this role. Bird's work includes critical writings on the protagonists of important historical events, including the Vietnam War, Hiroshima, [...]

2018-03-22T20:45:22+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Center News|

Leon Levy Center Announces Biography Fellows, Calls for Applications

The Leon Levy Center for Biography has announced its 2015-2016 resident Biography Fellows:  Colin Asher, for a biography of Nelson Algren, the Chicago-bred novelist and essayist;  Blake Gopnik, for a biography of Andy Warhol, the Pop visual artist and filmmaker; Gordana-Dana Grozdanić, for a biography of Zija Dizdarević, the neglected Bosnian Muslim story writer; and, [...]

2018-05-14T13:48:13+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Center News, Fellows and Fellowships|

Graduate Center Hosts May 5 “Victory in Europe” Anniversary Lecture

On Tuesday, May 5, the GC’s European Union Studies Center will commemorate the end of World War II with the Otto and Fran Walter Memorial Lecture, “Victory in Europe: The 70th Anniversary of the Defeat of European Fascism." Moderated by John Torpey (Sociology/History), the discussion will feature several key scholars, among them Ira Katznelson, Ruggles [...]

2018-05-14T13:48:39+00:00 April 17th, 2015|Center News, Events|

Leon Levy Center Announces Four New Biography Fellows

Gary Giddins, executive director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, has announced the recipients of the center’s 2014-2015 residential biography fellowships: Esther Allen, for a biography of José Martí, the Cuban writer and political activist; Peter Filkins, for a biography of H. G. Adler, the German-Jewish novelist; Ruth Franklin, for a biography of Shirley Jackson, the American writer; and James Romm, [...]

2018-05-14T13:49:03+00:00 May 1st, 2014|Center News, Fellows and Fellowships|