Past Features

March 10, 2008 (Vol. 7, No. 4)

'A Morning with FDR' to be Presented at Lehman College March 26

Jonah Triebwasser
Jonah Triebwasser
Jonah Triebwasser, an educator, lawyer and actor who has portrayed President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on both stage and national television, will bring "A Morning with FDR" to Lehman College's Lovinger Theatre on Wednesday, March 26, at 11 a.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, commemorates the 75th anniversary of FDR's inauguration and marks the College's 39th annual Herbert H. Lehman Memorial Lecture.

Triebwasser's presentation will include episodes describing FDR's era, his presidency and his friendship with Governor Lehman, who succeeded him in Albany.

The actor has portrayed the celebrated president at both FDR's home and the FDR Presidential Library, as well as at the Norman Rockwell Museum, where he delivered excerpts from the famous 1941 "Four Freedoms Speech." He has played the same role in the History Channel documentaries Ten Days That Unexpectedly Changed America: Einstein's Letter (2006) and FDR: History in the Making (2005) and in stage productions of Annie (2004) and Sunrise at Campobello (1995).

A graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Triebwasser earned a J.D. from New York Law School and was a trial lawyer for 25 years until retiring in 2005. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at Marist College and Vassar College, where he teaches environmental and criminal law.

Previous Lehman Lecturers have included an array of notable figures from a wide range of fields, such as Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams, Senator George Mitchell, historian Barbara Ward, union leader Albert Shanker and director Joseph Papp.