Thane Rosenbaum

  • Critically-Acclaimed Novelist
  • Human Rights Law Professor
  • Essayist on Culture and Politics
  • Director, The Forum on Law, Culture & Society at Fordham Law School

In his speeches and writings as an essayist and law professor, Thane Rosenbaum has been a moral voice in championing human rights and human dignity around the world, speaking out on the big issues of the day: terrorism, Israel, foreign policy, and the failure of the legal system to give victims the justice they require. As a novelist, Thane Rosenbaum brings the subject of the Jewish experience in America to life with humor, poignancy and passion. A gifted and insightful storyteller, he addresses the fragmentation of the Jewish family, his generation’s weak identification with their faith, and the widening chasm of experience between Holocaust survivors and their descendants. With a commanding presence, dry wit and eloquence, he speaks on topics as diverse as art, culture, law and society, as well as on the most relevant issues of the day.


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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Thane Rosenbaum
  • Temple Beth Israel, Port Washington, NY
  • Jewish Community Center
  • The Merrick Library
  • Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Central Florida, Inc.
  • Temple Beth Abraham
  • Temple Beth Israel
  • Virginia Humanities Conference
  • Jewish Federation of Houston
  • Franklin & Marshall College
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Thane Rosenbaum is an essayist, law professor, and author of the novels, How Sweet It Is!, The Stranger Within Sarah Stein, The Golems of Gotham, Second Hand Smoke, and Elijah Visible. His articles, reviews and essays appear frequently in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Haaretz, Huffington Post and Daily Beast, among other national publications.

He moderates an annual series of discussions on culture, world events and politics at the 92nd Street Y called The Talk Show.

He is a Distinguished Fellow at New York University School of Law where he directs the Forum on Law, Culture & Society.

He is the author of Payback: The Case for Revenge and The Myth of Moral Justice: Why Our Legal System Fails to Do What's Right. He is the editor of the anthology, Law Lit, from Atticus Finch to "The Practice,": A Collection of Great Writing about the Law. His forthcoming book is entitled The High Cost of Free Speech: Rethinking the First Amendment.