Jason L. Riley on Thomas Sowell, with Robert A. George

NOV 09, 2021 | 6:00 PM TO 7:10 PM



Online event


November 09, 2021: 6:00 PM-7:10 PM




Leon Levy Center for Biography



In a career spanning more than a half century, Thomas Sowell has written over 30 books, covering topics from economic history and social inequality to political theory, race, and culture. His bold and unsentimental assaults on liberal orthodoxy have endeared him to many admirers but have also enraged fellow intellectuals, the civil-rights establishment, and much of the mainstream media. The result has been a lack of acknowledgment of his scholarship among critics who prioritize political correctness. In the first-ever biography of Sowell, Jason L. Riley gives this iconic thinker his due and responds to the detractors. Maverick showcases Sowell's most significant writings and traces the life events that shaped his ideas and resulted in a Black orphan from the Jim Crow South becoming one of our foremost public intellectuals.

Jason L. Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where he has written about politics, economics, education, immigration and social inequality for more than 25 years. He’s also a frequent public speaker and provides commentary for television and radio news outlets. After joining the Journal in 1994, Mr. Riley was named a senior editorial page writer in 2000 and a member of the Editorial Board in 2005. He joined the Manhattan Institute, a public policy think tank focused on urban affairs, in 2015. Mr. Riley is the author of four books: Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders (2008); Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed (2014); False Black Power? (2017); and Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell (2021). Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Mr. Riley earned a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in suburban New York City.

Robert A. George is a member of the Bloomberg Opinion Editorial Board and columnist. Previously a member of the New York Post and Daily News editorial boards, he has been writing about New York and national issues for more than two decades. He was born in Trinidad and lived in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States. A 1985 graduate of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, George worked for the Republican National Committee and, following the 1994 midterm elections, Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich. George also has been a guest on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox and regularly appears on other political affairs programs. George has written for the conservative National Review, the libertarian Reason and the progressive Huffington Post. He is a cofounder of the Electoral Dysfunction podcast. In addition, George moonlights as a stand-up comic and improviser.

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