Monday, March 31, 2008

Ashok C. Sani Scholar-in-Residence Lecture Featuring David M. Oshinsky

On March 11, the 2008 Ashok C. Sani Scholar-in-Residence lecture took place. This year's lecture, "Polio: A Look Back at the 20th Century's Most Successful Public Health Campaign," was given by Pulitzer Prize winner David M. Oshinsky, who holds the Jack S. Blanton Chair in History at the University of Texas. A leading historian of modern American politics and culture, his books include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which won the Hardeman Prize for the best work on the U.S. Congress and was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year"; Worse Than Slavery, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for its "distinguished contribution to human rights" and was also a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year"; and Polio: An American Story, which won both the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Hoover Presidential Book Award in 2006. Dr. Oshinsky is a co-editor of the Oxford Companion to United States History and a co-author of American Passages: A History of the United States. His essays and reviews appear regularly in the New York Times and other national publications.

This annual lecture is named in memory of Ashok C. Sani, a distinguished graduate of Stern (BS '74), successful entrepreneur, President of C.G.S. Industries Inc., loyal supporter of NYU, and the founding member of the NYU Stern Alumni Council. The Sani Distinguished Scholar program reflects Ashok's interest in ethics, truth, love, peace, non-violence, compassion, and the moral and social responsibilities of members of society with the NYU community.

Click here to be taken to the CAS page where you can watch the lecture in its entirety.

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