Leon Levy Center for Biography
Established with a generous gift from the Leon Levy Foundation in 2007 as a hub for writers, scholars, students, teachers, and readers of biography, the Leon Levy Center for Biography at The Graduate Center builds connections between independent and university-affiliated biographers across disciplines and cultivates important discussions about the art and craft of biography historically and in our time.
The center sponsors a variety of events and public programs, and offers four fellowships annually to fund the research and writing of outstanding biographies and two fellowships to CUNY dissertation students writing biography.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Grace M. Cho (Ph.D. in Sociology, 2005) discusses her memoir Tastes Like War, a 2021 National Book Award finalist, with Professor Patricia Clough.
Jul 1, 2021
From their latest books about historical figures both well-known and overlooked, to the hidden histories of New York City's buildings and neighborhoods, to race and the Black experience, these Graduate Center authors have your summer reads covered.
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Jun 24, 2021
WHY JIMMY CARTER WAS AN OUTLIER: KAI BIRD TALKS TO ‘NEW YORK TIMES’ JOURNALIST SAM ROBERTS ABOUT HIS PRAISED NEW BIOGRAPHY OF THE 39TH PRESIDENT
Kai Bird spoke to author and New York Times journalist Sam Roberts about the biography and his assessment of Carter's presidency. We share here excerpts from their in-depth conversation.
Oct 8, 2020
Professor David S. Reynolds' latest book, Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times, reveals a 'fresh' portrait of Lincoln that also speaks to our divided times.
Aug 26, 2020
We begin the new fall semester with great optimism. It is my special pleasure to welcome our 636 new doctoral and master's students.
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M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir
In Fall 2019, The Graduate Center opened a new M.A. Program in Biography and Memoir. Students in the program benefit from the intellectual life of the Leon Levy Center for Biography. Merit scholarships are available.Learn about the M.A. program