The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

GC Events

October 16 – The Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progress Lecture with Deirdre Bair

The Center for the Study of Women and Society  and Women Writing Women’s Lives presents The Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progress Lecture :


A Bio/Memoir, or: Seven years (for each) of Working with Samuel Beckett and Simone de Beauvoir

DEIRDRE BAIR was a newly minted PhD who thought she was going to write a critical study of Samuel Beckett. One thing led to another, and she —who had never read biography— suddenly found herself writing one. Her talk will describe the privilege (and the trials and tribulations) of working with two living subjects. It will include her coming of age as a scholar and feminist, and why now is the proper time to tell these stories.

Deirdre Bair is the critically acclaimed author of award winning biographies: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, Anais Nin, C. G . Jung, Saul Steinberg and Al Capone. She is also the author of the cultural study, Calling it Quits: Late-Life Divorce and Starting Over.  Her innumerable, prestigious prizes include the National Book Award for Samuel Beckett.


Monday, October 16th, 2017


Room 9204/9205


Cosponsored with The Leon Levy Center for Biography, CUNY Graduate Center’s PhD Programs in History and English, MA Program in Liberal Studies, MA Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, The Center for the Humanities and The Feminist Press.


This event will be held at the Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (34th Street). It is free and open to the public. For more information see the Women’s Studies website: