Mark Green, presenter of the 2016 Les Rude Memorial Lecture

Hartwick Welcomes Green for Rude Memorial Lecture

March 24, 2016

Mark Green will deliver the 2016 Leslie Rude Memorial Lecture, to be held Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. His presentation, “The New Progressive Majority vs. The Fringe Fourth: Dems and Trends” is free and open to the public.

Green will speak about his new book Bright, Infinite Future, A Generational Memoir on the Progressive Rise. Speaking from his unusual role as both an outsider/advocate and an insider/politician, he will address how the values of the ’60s are creating a new progressive majority in ’16.

A bestselling author, Green is a former public official, public interest lawyer, and a Democratic politician who lives in New York City. He worked with Ralph Nader from 1970 to 1980 and later was elected twice as the New York City Public Advocate. He is the former president of Air America Radio and now the host of the nationally syndicated radio show, Both Sides Now.

“We are thrilled that Mr. Green is coming to Hartwick to speak about his soon-to-be-released memoir,” said Professor of Political Science Dr. Laurel Elder. “Through his work as a public interest lawyer and an elected public official – as well as an author and media commentator – Mark has made a positive impact on our country and our political system. His decades-long commitment to public service and public advocacy will undoubtedly inspire the many Hartwick students who want to make a difference in the world.”

Leslie Rude was an outstanding Hartwick College faculty member and administrator. Following his death in 1998, Professor Emeritus Norma Hutman and Marion Rude established the Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture Series to reflect his passionate interest in political science and public speaking and his commitment to public life. The purpose of the Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture is to bring a prominent speaker with political expertise to the Hartwick campus each year, to share ideas with students, faculty, and community members about issues pertinent to the current political climate.

For additional information, contact Senior Director of Engagement Alicia Fish at 607-431-4021 or at