The President’s Forum Series will host one of its own on Thursday, Sept. 25 when influential Republican politician and Hobart alumnus Richard Rosenbaum ’52, P’86 returns to campus to join in the discussion on Election 2008. Rosenbaum will offer his view in a discussion centered on his new book, “No Room for Democracy: The Triumph of Ego Over Common Sense.”
A former GOP chairman for New York State and a candidate for Governor of New York State in 1994, Rosenbaum has first-hand experience of becoming an elected official in the United States. From August 1998 to July 2006, Rosenbaum served as Chairman of the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board by appointment of Gov. George Pataki. He was also Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee from 1973 to 1977 and the New York representative on the Republican National Committee in Washington D.C. for more than 20 years.
Rosenbaum was one of the youngest Justices to be elected to the New York State Supreme Court for a full 14 year term with bipartisan support. He has been a member of the New York State Bar for more than half a century and is currently Senior Counsel at Nixon Peabody LLP, where he was formerly a partner.
Rosenbaum is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is given to individuals who, by their conduct, have distinguished themselves through service to the United States of America in various ways and by enhancing the highest ideals and accomplishments of their ethnic backgrounds.
The author of several major political and public affairs treatises, he has written extensively on Middle Eastern policy and his articles have been published in a variety of newspapers. In his new book, Rosenbaum recalls his childhood and adult years to give the reader the full breadth of the life and career of this political powerhouse.
Born in 1931, Rosenbaum overcame the obstacles of growing up Jewish in a predominately Gentile neighborhood and suffering with alopecia (a rare disease resulting in premature loss of hair). While attending Hobart he majored in history and political science and went on to become a graduate of Cornell Law School and a heavyweight champion before beginning his political career.
The President’s Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty, staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members. Forum guests generally take the opportunity to visit classes or gather with students and faculty members to discuss issues. Many people have one-on-one interaction with the speakers for the exchange of ideas or thoughts.
Rosenbaum’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room.