Please join us at Roosevelt House as we welcome Robert Bernstein, the legendary human rights pioneer and former President of Random House, described by The New Republic as “a clear-sighted and even heroic founder of the Human Rights movement.” Mr. Bernstein will discuss his memoir, Speaking Freely: My Life in Publishing and Human Rights, in conversation with Michael Posner, the Jerome Kohlberg Professor of Ethics and Finance and a Professor of Business and Society at NYU’s Stern School of Business.  

As the president of Random House for more than 25 years, Bernstein published William Faulkner, James Michener, Toni Morrison, Truman Capote, E.L. Doctorow, and Dr. Seuss — as well as Andrei Sakharov, Natan Sharansky, Liu Binyan, Jacobo Timerman, and Václav Havel, dissidents whose work he helped to bring to worldwide attention in his role as the father of modern human rights.  

We hope you will be able to attend this special evening with the man of whom Toni Morrison has written, “Bob Bernstein has engaged life; evil does not awe or paralyze him; civic life is enhanced by his presence in it.” 



Robert Bernstein – Book Publishing and Human Rights: What’s Ahead in Perilous Times | Posted on January 12th, 2017 | Book Discussions, Public Programs