“Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama” focus of Binghamton University lecture


Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Garrow will discuss “Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama,” at 7 p.m. Monday, September 21, in the Chamber Hall of the Binghamton University Anderson Center.  This talk is free and open to the public.

Garrow, a professor at Cambridge University, is now writing a biography of President Obama. This will be the first scholarly biography of President Obama and is based on extensive research on three continents. In his talk, Garrow will discuss Obama’s formative years, his rise to political power and how biographical analysis can help us understand Obama, the president.

Garrow has written or edited several books, including Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade (1994) and Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1986), which won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the Robert Kennedy Book Award.

He regularly contributes to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Atlantic Monthly, the New York Journal of Books, The Nation, and The New Republic.

Garrow has taught at Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, City University of New York, The Cooper Union, the College of William and Mary and Emory University. He is currently a senior research fellow at Homerton College at the University of Cambridge.

A reception in the Anderson Center Reception Room will follow the lecture.

For more information, contact Lee Nesslage at (607) 777-4278 or nesslage@binghamton.edu.

The lecture is sponsored by the Harpur College Dean’s Office, Institute for the Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and the Binghamton University Alumni Association.


Last Updated: 9/17/13