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Biography Fellow Channing Joseph Wins Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant

 Channing Joseph was awarded a prestigious Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant for his in-progress biography, House of Swann: Where Slaves Became Queens. The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant of $40,000 is awarded to writers in the process of completing a book of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction. House of Swann is the story of William Dorsey Swann, [...]

2019-11-13T21:29:04+00:00November 13th, 2019|Alumni, Center News, Events, Fellows and Fellowships|

The Five New Resident Fellows (and a Dissertation Fellow) for 2019 – 2020

On April 22, 2019, Executive Director Kai Bird announced the award of five resident fellowships, including the first Leon Levy/Alfred P. Sloan fellow for a biography on a figure from science for 2019-2020. Each resident fellow receives a $72,000 grant, research assistance, writing space and full access to research facilities.   David Greenberg, a Professor [...]

2019-05-24T16:10:20+00:00May 24th, 2019|Center News|

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

2018-10-03T17:26:20+00:00October 1st, 2018|Center News|

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 [...]

2018-10-01T19:30:18+00:00September 26th, 2018|Center News|

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+00:00July 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+00:00May 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+00:00March 30th, 2018|Center News, Fellows and Fellowships|