This is a special event with faculty and students at a General Seminar. The General Seminar was created as part of the University in Exile in the 1930s. Today we are trying to expand it globally with the introduction of a “Public Seminar” online. I also want to welcome Paul Vidich, who is an active member of the NSSR Board of Governors.
I am honored to have been asked to offer closing words for this memorial event celebrating the life and work of Eric Hobsbawm. This is a New School event, and not by coincidence. As Dean of The New School for Social Research, I want first to thank Ira Katznelson, for bringing Eric Hobsbawm to us when Ira was Dean here years ago. Eric’s legacy will always be part of ours. He was our own too