Leon Levy Center for Biography

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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.

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Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Frank Costigliola on George Kennan, with Kai Bird

This is a hybrid event, taking place in-person at the CUNY Graduate Center's Segal Theatre and online via Zoom.

6:30 pm — 8:00 pm

Hybrid (see description for details)

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Read "The Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer" by Kai Bird, director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography, on the NY Times website.

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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

For more information, please contact:

Thad Ziolkowski

Associate Director, Leon Levy Center for Biography