Snapshots of Steinhardt

Eleanor Roosevelt Visits the School of Education

On March 15, 1956, Eleanor Roosevelt spoke to a standing-room only crowd at Education Auditorium at 25 West 4th Street. Remembering the event, Robert D. Abrams ('55) a former president of the Graduate Student Organization wrote:

"With our limited budget, we hired a limousine to bring Mrs. Roosevelt to the School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Arriving on time and to a packed auditorium, she delivered a personal and informative talk on the issues of the day. After her speech, there was the quiet of a pin dropping, as students responded to her gentle voice."

After her lecture, at One Fifth Avenue Hotel, Mrs. Roosevelt received a plaque from the Graduate Students' Organization at a dinner held in her honor. The plaque read: "To Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, a citizen of our community, our state, our nation, and truly a citizen of the world, who has advanced the cause of human rights everywhere."

In conversation, Mr. Abrams remembers, Mrs. Roosevelt was 'her charming and affable self.' He writes, "Then she noticed our hesitency to approach her and asked, 'Does anyone want my autograph?' With programs in hand, we gleefully surrounded he. It was a glorious moment for everyone"

Eleanor Roosevelt was the School of Culture, Education, and Human Development's first public affairs and education lecturer. Former President Harry S. Truman, comedian Danny Kaye, and baseball great Jackie Robinson also gave lectures in the 1950s. The Graduate Student Organization, founded in 1948, continues to sponsor extracurricular activities throughout The Steinhardt School