ORONO — Blanche Wiesen Cook, historian, women’s rights activist and author of the best-selling biography “Eleanor Roosevelt: Women, Politics and Power,” will speak about the book and Roosevelt’s impact on national and world history during a free public lecture Monday, April 19, at the University of Maine.
Cook is a professor of history and women’s studies at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of City University, New York, and a nationally recognized commentator and columnist on historical and social topics. She has appeared frequently on PBS’ “MacNeil/Lehrer Report,” and produces and hosts “Women and the World in the 1990s” for Radio Pacifica.
Her biography of Roosevelt remained on the New York Times best seller list for three months and received the 1992 Biography Prize from the Los Angeles Times.
Cook presents Roosevelt as the most important woman in American political history, a person of great independence of spirit, an activist, writer, and crusader for social justice and human rights worldwide. Her talk is sponsored by the Margaret Chase Smith Public Affairs Lecture Series.