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Bestselling Author, Journalist, and Historian Russell Shorto at Baruch College on Tuesday, October 17 for Reading and Conversation

                                                     Russell Shorto

Russell Shorto (photo by Ringel Goslinga) 

To read an excerpt from his new book, Revolution Song, and will speak on race and freedom,

now and at the nation’s founding


NEW YORK, NY – October 11, 2017Baruch College will present a reading and conversation with bestselling author, journalist and historian Russell Shorto, on Tuesday, October 17, beginning with a reception at 5pm.  This event is free and open to the public.

Shorto, who is the fall 2017 Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, will be reading an excerpt from his latest book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom.  The acclaimed historian will also speak on race and freedom, now and at the nation’s founding.

Shorto is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, and blogs for New His five previously published books, including the national bestseller, The Island at the Center of the World, have been published in 13 languages and have won a variety of awards.

He was born and raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, which he notes "was recently awarded the designation of poorest city in the state. But it has beautiful hills."


WHAT:                  "A Reading and Conversation with Russell Shorto” – free event

WHEN:                   Tuesday, October 17, 2017 / Reception at 5:00 pm / Reading at 5:45 pm   

WHERE:                 Baruch College – Library and Technology Building - 151 East 25th Street, Room 750


About the Harman Writer-in-Residence Program at Baruch College

Founded in the fall of 1998 by Professor Roslyn Bernstein, the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program brings distinguished writers to the Baruch College campus every semester. Whether they are poets, playwrights, novelists, journalists, essayists or critics, the Harman Writers-in-Residence enrich the Baruch environment, creating a lively literary salon for students and faculty. Endowed by alumnus Dr. Sidney Harman (’39), the Harman Program relies on an intense workshop design, where visiting writers teach small classes and hold individual conferences. In addition, the Harman Program sponsors student creative writing competitions, literary internships, individual guest readings, and a week-long residency.

Media Contact:  Suzanne Bronski / 646-660-6095 /

About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 18,000 students, who represent 164 countries and speak more than 129 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to




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