Paul Firstenberg and Norm Leopold will discuss Paul’s novel, Murder in the Land of Cotton, and how it illuminates current issues about race in America. The novel is about the murder of the first black mayor of an historic southern city by unknown assassins. It draws on Paul’s experience as Chancellor of Tulane University in New Orleans. There, he witnessed the struggle of a southern city to overcome its legacy of racism.
Paul Firstenberg’s career includes: private law practice, the US foreign aid program, a year living and working in Russia for the Russian government, a senior executive at Prudential, a member of the Board of Directors of Vanguard Mutual Funds, and a leader in the management of nonprofit organizations including Sesame Street. In addition to his role as Chancellor of Tulane, he served as Financial Vice President of Princeton University and as an adjunct professor at the Yale School of Management and the Baruch College of Public Affairs. He is the author of four nonfiction books about nonprofit management. Murder in the Land of Cotton is his first novel.
Norm Leopold is an attorney and former judge and radio host.