The Life and Legacy of John R. Lewis
Rutgers political historian David Greenberg, who is writing a biography of the late civil rights leader and congressman John R. Lewis, will discuss Lewis’s work in the civil rights movement, his transition to elected office, and the achievements that made him a national icon at the time of his death in July.
Greenberg is a professor of history and journalism at Rutgers and a fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at City University of New York. He is the author or editor of several books on American history and politics, including Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image (2003), Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency (2016), Calvin Coolidge (2006), and Alan Brinkley: A Life in History (2019). Formerly acting editor of the New Republic and columnist for Slate, he writes for Politico, among many other scholarly and popular publications. He holds a doctorate in history from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Yale.
Saladin Malik Ambar GSNB’08, associate professor in Rutgers’ Department of Political Science and senior scholar at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics will moderate the discussion.