The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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March 8 Biography: Point of View, the 2016 Leon Levy Biography Conference



An afternoon series of four events, free and open to the public. RSVP by email to

1 pm On Memoir, led by D.T. Max (Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace), with Ada Calhoun (St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street), Margo Jefferson (Negroland: A Memoir), and Daniel Menaker (My Mistake).

2:15 pm The Lives of Orson Welles, led by Gary Giddins (Warning Shadows: Home Alone with Classic Cinema), with Josh Karp (Orson Welles’s Last Movie), Patrick McGilligan (Young Orson: The Years of Luck and Genius on the Path to ‘Citizen Kane’), and David Nasaw (The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst).

3:45 pm ‘Out of the Shadows’: Writing Forgotten Women’s Lives, led by Annalyn Swan (de Kooning: An American Master), with Lisa Cohen (All We Know: Three Lives), Cathy Curtis (Restless Ambition: Grace Hartigan, Painter), and Hayden Herrera (Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo).

5pm William P. Kelly (Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries, The New York Public Library) discusses Elvis Presley and Sam Phillips with their biographer, Peter Guralnick (Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ’N’ Roll).


Event information: 1pm – 6pm, March 8, Elebash Recital Hall