Coming of Age in Midcentury America: Morris Dickstein and Gary Giddins

MAR 18, 2015 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


1201: Elebash Recital Hall


March 18, 2015: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM


Free, Reservations Required


Public Programs



In his new book Why Not Say What Happened, renowned cultural historian Morris Dickstein focuses on a subject close to home—his life and times. The memoir traces Dickstein’s path from a Jewish youth on the Lower East Side, to the halls of the Ivy League and Cambridge, through NYC’s post-war years of political, social, and artistic upheaval. Dickstein, a longtime Graduate Center professor, speaks with Gary Giddins about this “acutely observed, slyly funny memoir” (Molly Haskell). Dickstein’s celebrated works include Dancing in the Dark: A Cultural History of the Great Depression. Giddins, executive director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, is the acclaimed author of Visions of Jazz and many other books.

Presented by GC Public ProgramsCo-sponsored by the Leon Levy Center for Biography and the Center for the Humanities.