|Born||1960 (age 53–54)
New York, New York
|Education||B.A. University of Florida
M.P.A. Columbia University
J.D. University of Miami
|Occupation||Novelist, Essayist, Law Professor, and Director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society.|
Thane Rosenbaum (born 1960) is an American novelist, essayist, and law professor who contributes articles, reviews, and commentary to a variety of national media. He is the director of the Forum on Law, Culture, & Society, hosted by NYU Law School. The 92nd Street Y hosts "The Talk Show with Thane Rosenbaum," an annual series of discussions on arts, culture, and politics. As the moderator of the Trials & Error series at 92Y, his panelists revisit high profile court cases with lawyers, journalists, and parties to the action. He has been a professor of law, teaching human rights, legal humanities, and law and literature, for over two decades.
Rosenbaum was born in New York City.
Rosenbaum graduated in 1981, from the University of Florida (B.A., summa cum laude), where he was class valedictorian and the Florida nominee for the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships. In 1983, he earned an M.P.A. (conferred in 1988) from Columbia University's School of Public Policy and Administration. In 1986 he earned his J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Miami School of Law, where he was a Harvey T. Reid Scholar and served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Miami Law Review.
Professional background and activities
Rosenbaum taught at Fordham Law School from 1992 to 2014. In Spring 2005, he was a visiting professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, where he has been a frequent speaker, including at the annual Yom HaShoah Lecture hosted jointly by the American Society for Yad Vashem and Cardozo's Program in Holocaust & Human Rights Studies on “Remember How the Law Went Horribly Wrong”; the 60th anniversary of the Nuremberg Trials on "A Reappraisal and Their Legacy"; and as the Uri & Caroline Bauer Distinguished Lecturer on Rosenbaum's book, “The Myth of Moral Justice." Prior to teaching, he was an associate in the litigation department at Debevoise & Plimpton, where he also coordinated the firm's pro bono cases. Immediately after law school, he clerked for the Honorable Eugene P. Spellman, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida.
As a cultural commentator, Rosenbaum has been invited to speak at universities and other venues around the world, including the Yale University International Human Rights Symposium, Princeton University, the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, the Goethe-Institut in New York, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.,.
Rosenbaum is now the moderator of The Talk Show With Thane Rosenbaum at 92Y, where he has interviewed authors, musicians, directors, screenwriters, poets, politicians, and other public figures, including Jeb Bush, Ambassador Michael Oren, Eric Cantor, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Lawrence Summers.
- Forum on Law, Culture, & Society
- Trials & Error at 92Y
- FLASH: The Fordham Law Archive of Scholarship & History, Faculty Scholarship
- "Justice Delayed? The Impact of Time on the Trials of Gross Atrocities," The Robert Bernstein International Human Rights Symposium at Yale University, New Haven, CT, April 4, 2008; Yale Law School, The Myth of Moral Justice: A Conversation with Thane Rosenbaum, moderated by Dean Harold Hongju Koh, with the Reverend Jerry Streets and former dean Anthony Kronman, commentators, New Haven, CT, November 29, 2004; Yale Oral History Project, The Contribution of Oral Testimony to Holocaust and Genocide Studies: “Holocaust Literature: Freedom and Responsibility” (with Aharon Appelfeld and E.L. Doctorow), New Haven, CT, October 8, 2002
- Princeton University, Celebrating Jewish-American Writers, Princeton, NJ, October 23, 2001
- What’s So Bad About Holocaust Films?, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the UCLA/Mellon Program on the Holocaust in American & World Culture, March 5, 2009; Holocaust Fatigue: A Reading and Discussion, UCLA Center for Jewish Studies and the UCLA-Mellon Program on the Holocaust in American & World Culture, March 4, 2009; UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, conference: Golem: Between Magic and Metaphor, June 3, 2004
- Goethe-Institut, Pen American Center, Joseph Roth and Berlin in the 1920s, New York, NY, January 14, 2003
- Conference on Displaced Persons, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, January 17, 2000
- A Conversation With President Bill Clinton at the Forum on Law, Culture, & Society
- Elie Wiesel at the Forum Film Festival
- A Conversation With Jeb Bush
- The Talk Show Hosts Congressman Eric Cantor at the 92Y
- The Talk Show Hosts Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
- The Talk Show Hosts Lawrence Summers at 92Y
- Hamas's Civilian Death Strategy
- The Dangerous Logic Used to Justify Killing Civilians
- Non-Combatants and Gaza