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Baruch College Hosts Experts to Examine the Politicial Polarization of Past U.S. Presidents and Their Administrations

NEW YORK, NY- October 3, 2013- With the current U.S. government shutdown comes many questions. On October 10, Baruch Colleges' Weissman School of Arts and Sciences will host The 4th Annual Berkin-Friedman Forum titled, “Political Polarization: An Historical Perspective,” which will take a look back on some of the country’s past administrations that have tackled similar conflicts and important issues.

Topics for discussion include but are not limited to: Roosevelt and the New Deal; Clinton's and Johnson's impeachments; political conflicts of Washington's administration; and, the riotous years of the ante-bellum.

Panelists include Alan Brinkley, Allan Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University; Theodore J. Crackel, Professor (retired) from the University of Virginia; Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University; and Joanne Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University.

WHAT: Political Polarization: An Historical Perspective

WHEN: Thursday, October 10

7:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion

8:00 p.m. - Q & A

WHERE: Baruch Performing Arts Center

55 Lexington Avenue

See complete agenda here



The Berkin-Friedman Forum, housed under Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, brings together distinguished speakers for a panel discussion that focuses on American history and politics. This was made possible by Baruch alumnus, Robert A. Friedman (MBA ’67) as a token of his appreciation for the opportunity that Baruch provided him and his commitment to liberal arts education.

About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 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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