Author and historian to speak at Adelphi University on March 18, 2013

Blanche Wiesen CookEducator, historian, activist, Blanche Wiesen Cook, Ph.D., known for her biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, will speak on “Eleanor Roosevelt and the Promise of Human Rights,” at Adelphi University on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. in Adelphi’s Ruth S. Harley University Center, Room 313, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY. The event is free and open to the public.

Her widely acclaimed biography, Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 1 (Viking Penguin, 1992) and Volume II (Viking Penguin, 1999) received numerous awards and were on the New York Times bestseller list. Volume I won The Los Angeles Times 1992 Biography Prize, and the Lambda Literary Award. She is currently working on the third and final volume of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Dr. Cook is a distinguished professor of history and women’s studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She was honored as Scholar of the Year by the New York State Council on the Humanities in 1996.

In addition to her teaching, she is a frequent contributor of reviews and columns in many newspapers and periodicals. Her book, The Declassified Eisenhower, was listed by the New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of 1981. She is the author of Crystal Eastman on Women and Revolution (Oxford University Press).

She served as vice president for research of the American Historical Association and vice president and chair of the Fund for Open Information and Accountability (FOIA, Inc.). She co-founded and co-chaired the Freedom of Information and Access Committee of the Organization of American Historians.

She received her doctorate degree from Johns Hopkins University and bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.

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