The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

GC Events

September 14 The Anatomy of Change: Cliff Levy’s ‘Broken Homes’

with Clifford J. Levy, Joe Sexton, Amanda Petrusich

6:30 pm

Martin E. Segal Theatre

This event is free, but please click here to RSVP.


At its best, journalism excels in telling the stories of the voiceless, in demanding justice for the victimized. Cliff Levy’s Pulitzer-winning series “Broken Homes” (The New York Times) exemplifies these qualities. Over the course of six stories in 2002, Levy provided a brilliant, vivid exploration of New York State’s negligent oversight of homes for the mentally ill and unstable, revealing tales of abuse and neglect that are harrowing.

Join us as we explore these issues in “The Anatomy of Change: Cliff Levy’s ‘Broken Homes'”, a conversation with Clifford J. Levy and one of his former editors, Joe Sexton (now at ProPublica). This conversation will be moderated by Amanda Petrusich, contributing writer to The New Yorker, assistant professor of writing at NYU, and 2016 Guggenheim Fellow.

Cosponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, and the Writers’ Institute at the Graduate Center, CUNY.This event is part of the New York Council’s “The Anatomy of Change: Journalism & Justice,” a series that explores the role of journalism in American society and is a part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative.