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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Tue 5th Mar 2013
The Players Club
David Nasaw is an author, biographer, and the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of American History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he is also chairman of the Center for the Humanities. He received his PhD from Columbia University. His most recent book is The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy. He is also the author of The Chief: The Life of William Randolph Hearst, which won the Bancroft Prize and the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books include Andrew Carnegie, Going Out: The Rise and Fall of Public Amusements, Children of the City: At Work and at Play, and Schooled to Order: A Social History of Public Schooling in the United States. Professor Nasaw has also written for Slate, Daily Beast, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and others.
Christopher Mason is currently working as a journalist, writing and performing songs, taking photographs, and working on a satirical novel. Christopher Mason is the TV host of “Behind Mansion Walls,” a new weekly series on the Investigation Discovery channel, about murder in fabulous houses. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, Christopher has written for the past 17 years on the worlds of art, society, fashion, and design. He is the author of The Art of the Steal: Inside the Sotheby’s-Christie’s Auction House Scandal, a critically acclaimed book about the price-fixing scandal that cost the world’s leading auction houses $512 million in civil fines and sent A. Alfred Taubman, the billionaire chairman of Sotheby’s to jail for 10 months. Christopher is also renowned for writing and performing musical tributes and satirical songs. Mostly recently, he performed for The Duke and Duchess of Marlborough at a private dinner in New York given by Hilary and Wilbur Ross.
Jeffrey McDaniel is the author of three books: Alibi School (Manic D, 1995), The Forgiveness Parade (Manic D, 1998), and The Splinter Factory (Manic D, 2002). His poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry 1994 and New (American) Poets. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship, a translated volume of his poems, Katastrophenkunde, is coming out this summer on Lautsprecherverlag in Germany. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
Sarah Burns is a writer and film maker. She wrote The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding, which looked at the case of a woman who was brutally raped on April 19, 1989 in Central Park. Burns's account focused on the tale of the five African-American teens - the youngest of who was 14 - who were convicted of the rape, sentenced and imprisoned. But 13 years later their sentences would be over turned. The book has now been turned into a film The Central Park Five which follows the story of an awful crime and miscarriage of justice and was made with her father Ken Burns.
The New York Post theatre critic and co-host (with Susan Haskins) of the weekly talk show Theater Talk on PBS.