Memorial service for historian Jesse Lemisch

Start: Thursday, December 06, 2018 4:30 PM

End: Thursday, December 06, 2018 6:30 PM

Jesse Lemisch, 1936-2018

Historians for Peace and Democracy (H-PAD) is among the sponsors of a memorial service for historian Jesse Lemisch, who passed away on August 24. He was a co-founder of our predecessor, Historians Against the War, in 2003.

The memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4:30 to 6:30. It will be held at New York University’s Tamiment Library – 75 Washington Square South, New York City, 10th floor.

Scheduled speakers include several important figures who knew Lemisch both as an important radical intellectual and as a longtime friend: Staughton Lynd, another influential figure in the emergence of New Left history (he will speak via Skype); Marcus Rediker, author of several history books that reflect Lemisch’s concern with “history from below”; and Ann D. Gordon, director of the Stanton-Anthony Papers on the history of the woman suffrage movement. Blanche Wiesen Cook, biographer of Eleanor Roosevelt and a colleague of Lemisch at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, will be MC for the event.

Following an hour’s worth of scheduled speeches, time will be allowed for attendees to add memories and comments of their own, followed by informal socializing with refreshments.

Besides H-PAD, the event is being sponsored by the following NYU History Department, the Radical History Review, the American Social History Project / Center for Media and Learning, and the Society for US Intellectual History.

For more information, contact historian Robert (Robby) Cohen of New York University at

The organizers of the memorial have compiled a list of Jesse’s writings, with links to materials that are available on-line.

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