Yankee Institute Roundtable with Special Guest Jason Riley
June 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join Yankee Institute for an exclusive roundtable with Jason Riley to discuss the release of his new book MAVERICK.
Thomas Sowell is one of the great social theorists of our age. In a career spanning more than half a century, few scholars have matched his combination of range, rigor, and accessibility. He has written more than 30 books, covering topics from economic history and social inequality to political philosophy, race, migration, and culture. His bold and unsentimental assaults on liberal orthodoxy have endeared him to many but enraged most of his fellow intellectuals, the civil-rights establishment, and much of the mainstream media.
As a result, critics preoccupied with political correctness have demeaned, downplayed or ignored his important contributions.
In this first-ever biography of Sowell, Wall Street Journal columnist Jason L. Riley gives this iconic thinker his due, responds to the detractors, and explains their motives. MAVERICK: A Biography of Thomas Sowell (Basic Books; on-sale May 25, 2021) not only showcases Sowell’s most significant writings but also vividly traces the life events that shaped his ideas and resulted in a black orphan from the Jim Crow South going on to graduate from Harvard, earn a Ph.D. under Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago, teach economics at Cornell and UCLA, and spend the past four decades as one of America’s foremost public intellectuals.
Drawing on firsthand conversations with Sowell, and interviews with close friends and colleagues, Riley offers a nuanced portrait of one of America’s leading conservative intellectuals. MAVERICK shines a light on the extraordinary scope and depth of Sowell’s work, exploring where he has distinguished himself and how he is likely to be remembered.
- June 17
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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