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Isserman Interviewed on Carnegie Mellon-based Radio

Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History, was interviewed by WRCT’s History for the Future, about the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Other America: Poverty in the United States by Michael Harrington. Isserman, Harrington’s biographer, wrote a new introduction for the 50th anniversary edition of the book. The interview, airing in Pittsburgh (88.3 fm) on Tuesday, May 1, and Wednesday, May 2,  is also available through the show's website and at the iTunes podcast page.  More ...

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The Nation Publishes Isserman Essay

“What Would Michael Harrington Say?,” an article by Maurice Isserman, Harrington’s biographer and the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History, appeared in The Nation on April 25. In the article, Isserman described Harrington as “the pre-eminent figure of American socialism” and noted that he was often referred to as the “man who discovered poverty.”  More ...

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Isserman Lectures at Missouri History Museum

Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History Isserman presented a lecture titled  “The Legacy of Michael Harrington’s The Other America on Its 50th Anniversary” on April 18 at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.  More ...

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Isserman Speaks at the University of Michigan

Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History Maurice Isserman discussed mountaineering on March 8 at the University of Michigan’s Mountaineering Culture Studies Group meeting. He was joined by Stewart Weaver of the University of Rochester with whom he co-authored the award-winning book Fallen Giants:  A History of Himalayan Mountaineering from the Age of Empire to the Age of Extreme (2008). Isserman and Weaver talked about the origin and evolution of their own work, as well as the future of mountaineering.  More ...

50th Anniversary Edition of Harrington's The Other America Has Introduction by Isserman

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Michael Harrington’s The Other America on March 6, the publisher Scribner is releasing a new edition. It includes a new introduction by Harrington’s biographer Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History.  The publisher calls The Other America “a landmark treatise on poverty in America.” Isserman wrote a New York Times op-ed on Harrington's influence  (March 3, 2012).  More ...

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Isserman Publishes Op-Ed About Michael Harrington in The New York Times

Professor of History Maurice Isserman published an op-ed about American Democratic Socialist Michael Harrington in The New York Times (3/3/12). In “The Poverty of An Idea,” Isserman notes that libertarian writer Charles Murray has lately kept alive the idea of a “culture of poverty, the theory that poor people are trapped by distorted norms and aspirations and not merely material deprivation." Yet, Michael Harrington was in the forefront of analyzing poverty as a social problem, Isserman notes.  More ...

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Dissent Magazine Publishes Isserman Article

Dissent Magazine published an article titled 50 Years Later: Poverty and The Other America by Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of History Maurice Isserman in its winter 2012 issue. The article is an adaptation of the prologue of The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington, the biography Isserman wrote in 2000. The article included updated statistics and observations.  More ...

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Isserman Offers Expert Comment in Chronicle of Higher Education

Maurice Isserman, the James L. Ferguson Professor of History, was quoted in a Nov. 27 Chronicle of Higher Education article about a national campaign of student debt refusal. In “Debt Protesters Denounce Colleges for Broken Promises,” Isserman said the Occupy Wall Street movement has rubbed off on college students, who have taken the protest in their own direction.  More ...

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NY Times Quotes Isserman on Anti-Wall Street Protests

Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History, was quoted in a New York Times front-page article, “Beyond Seizing Parks, New Paths to Influence,” that appeared on Nov. 16. The article concerned the future of the anti-Wall Street protests following the dismantling of the New York Zuccotti Park encampment. Isserman questioned whether “New York City officials might have done Occupy Wall Street a favor ‘by providing a dramatic ending.’”   More ...

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Isserman Featured on Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Public Radio’s Midmorning with Kerri Miller program featured Maurice Isserman, the Publius Virgilius Rogers Professor of American History, in an interview on the future of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Isserman, co-author of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s, compared the current movement with those in past decades during the Nov. 8 broadcast.  More ...

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