Historian Michael Kimmage to Discuss Columbia Classmates Lionel Trilling and Whittaker Chambers

(NEW YORK, March 26, 2009) The Friends of the Columbia Libraries are pleased to sponsor a lecture by Michael Kimmage, Assistant Professor of History at Catholic University of America. Kimmage will discuss School Ties: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers and Columbia University. The event will take place on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Room 523 of Butler Library on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus, and is free and open to the public.


Lionel Trilling and Whittaker Chambers, both significant intellectuals of the early Cold War, first met at Columbia College in the 1920s. An assessment of these two figures as products of the same university demonstrates how they could occupy rival positions in postwar American intellectual life, while using a vocabulary and set of references that was startlingly similar.

Michael Kimmage is Assistant Professor of History at Catholic University of America. His main fields are American intellectual history and twentieth-century U.S. politics. His book, The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers, and the Lessons of Anti-Communism, was recently published by Harvard University Press.

A reception in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library on the 6th floor of Butler Library will immediately follow the presentation. To attend the lecture, please respond to cul-events@columbia.edu or register online at www.alumni.libraries.columbia.edu.

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