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St. John Fisher College Welcomes Author Richard Rosenbaum

11/14/2008


St. John Fisher College Welcomes Author Richard Rosenbaum

Author Richard Rosenbaum will visit St. John Fisher College to present "No Room for Democracy: The Triumph of Ego Over Common Sense" on Tuesday, November 18. Rosenbaum, who is the former chair of the New York State Republican Party, has been an influential figure in Republican politics for more than 40 years. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Midlevel of the Golisano Gateway, and is free and open to the public.

In his new book, No Room for Democracy, published by RIT Press, Rosenbaum, born in 1931, walks readers through his unique life, from being a Jewish boy growing up in a predominantly gentile community suffering from a rare disease called alopecia, which results in a premature loss of hair; to a heavyweight boxing champion; to one of the youngest Justices to be elected to the New York State Supreme Court for a full 14-year term with bipartisan support.

Rosenbaum's book is a story of how he defied the obstacles of his own childhood to stand shoulder to shoulder with presidents and prime ministers, governors, U.S. senators, and some of the most influential figures of this time, and to leave his unique footprint on the political landscape of this nation.

On Tuesday night, Rosenbaum will spend approximately 20 minutes speaking about his book. Afterward, he will be asked questions by a panel consisting of: Dr. James Bowers, Professor of Political Science, St. John Fisher College; Dr. Timothy Madigan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, St. John Fisher College; and Stephen Minarik, former chair of the New York State Republican Party. Rosenbaum will also be available to sign copies of his book.

Rosenbaum has been a member of the New York State Bar for more than 50 years, and is currently Senior Counsel at Nixon Peabody LLP, where he used to be a partner. From August 1998 to July 2006, he served as Chairman of the New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board by appointment of Governor George Pataki.

He was also Chairman of the New York State 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. In 1976, he served as Chairman of the New York Delegation to the Republican National Convention in Kansas City.

Rosenbaum has a bachelor's degree in history and politics from Hobart College, and he received a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School.

For more information, please contact Dr. Madigan at (585) 415-5925 or tmadigan@sjfc.edu.


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