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Leon Levy Center for Biography (logo)Established with a generous gift from the Leon Levy Foundation in 2007 as a hub for writers, scholars, students, teachers, and readers of biography, the Leon Levy Center for Biography at The Graduate Center, CUNY builds connections between independent and university-affiliated biographers across disciplines and cultivates important discussions about the art and craft of biography historically and in our time. Learn more about the Leon Levy Center for Biography

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“The Leon Levy Fellowship changed my life entirely… The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life’s Work at 72 was the illustrated biography I wrote because the fellowship gave me the confidence to risk writing a ‘collage biography’ of an 18th-century collage artist.”

—Molly Peacock, 2008–2009 fellow, author of The Paper Garden (McClelland & Stewart, 2010).

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The Sloan Foundation Funds Science Biography Fellowship

The Leon Levy Center for Biography has been awarded a three-year grant by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund a $72,000 annual fellowship dedicated to biographies of scientists. 

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Kai Bird Reviews “The Apprentice” by Greg Miller

Leon Levy Center Executive Director Kai Bird has published a new review of Greg Miller’s new book, “The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy”, in The Washington Post. The book provides “A comprehensive account of Russia’s scheming in the 2016 election”. Read the review

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Jerry Brown and Miriam Pawel Event in the New York Times

On September 25, 2018, Leon Levy Center director Kai Bird joined Governor Jerry Brown and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Miriam Pawell at The Graduate Center for a discussion of Pawell’s recent book “The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation.” The event was covered in the New York Times. Read […]

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