Susan Jacoby

Susan Jacoby, who began her writing career as a reporter for The Washington Post, is an independent scholsar whose work now focuses on American intellectual history. Jacoby has been a contributor for more than 25 years, on topics including law, religion, medicine, aging, women’s rights, political dissent in the Soviet Union, and Russian literature, to a wide range of periodicals and newspapers. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Washington Post Book World, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Newsday, Harper’s, The Nation, Vogue, The American Prospect, Mother Jones, and the AARP Magazine, among other publications. They have been reprinted in numerous anthologies of columns and magazine articles.

She is also program director of the Center for Inquiry-New York City, a rationalist think tank, and a regular panelist for On Faith, a web site sponsored by The Washington Post and Newsweek.

Susan Jacoby has been the recipient of many grants and awards, from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundations, as well as the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2001-2002, she was named a fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.

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Saturday 1 November 2008, 10.30am Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
The Battle for Truth

Sunday 2 November 2008, 11.00am Seminar Space
Election USA


The Age of American Unreason, Old Street Publishing Co. – September 2008
Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, Metropolitan Books, New York, 2004.

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