Herbert H. Lehman’s Leadership Remembered
June 5, 6


Professor Duane TananbaumProfessor Duane Tananbaum (History) will take part in a symposium on Governor Herbert H. Lehman beginning on Thursday, June 5, at Columbia University’s International Affairs Building, Room 1501. The two-day symposium will focus on Governor Lehman’s leadership through the Great Depression and World War II.

“The World of Governor Lehman: New York City and State in Depression and War” is sponsored by the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History in collaboration with Columbia University and the New York Academy of History. This event is free and open to the public.

An expert on Governor Lehman, Professor Tananbaum is the author of the paper “’I Will Not Compromise With My Conscience': A Political Biography of Herbert Lehman,” which is set to be published by State University of New York Press later this year. He earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and spent his early years working for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, teaching at Vassar College, and traveling around New York State with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Centennial Exhibit.

The symposium will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, with welcoming remarks by Lisa Kelly of Purchase College. Other speakers will include Professor Sarah Elvins of the University of Manitoba and Professor Kenneth T. Jackson of Columbia University. Professor Mike Wallace of John Jay College will deliver the keynote address. He is the co-author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898.

Opening the symposium proceedings on Friday, June 6, at 8:45 a.m. will be Professor Rebecca Kobrin of Columbia University, who will discuss “From Patrons to Paupers: Yiddish New York and the Economic Crisis of 1929.” Professor Tananbaumis scheduled to present “Herbert H. Lehman and the Election of 1938” at 2:30 p.m.

Other speakers will include Professor Hasia Diner of the New York University, Burton Peretti of Western Connecticut State University, Clara Rodriguez of Fordham University, Robert Ingalls of the University of South Florida, Daniel Soyer of Fordham University, Karen Miller of Laguardia Community College, Libby Garland of Kingsborough Community College, Peter Kwong of Hunter College.

The International Affairs Building is located on the Columbia University campus at 420 W. 118th St. For more information on this event, e-mail lisa.keller@purchase.edu.

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