Chestertown, MD, March 5, 2002 — Washington College welcomes author, scholar and well-known advocate for the disabled, Hugh Gregory Gallagher, speaking on his recently published work "Nothing to Fear: FDR in Photographs," on Thursday, March 21, 2002, at 5 p.m. in the College's Casey Academic Center Forum. The talk will include a slide show of rare photographs from the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
An award-winning writer and historian based in Washington, DC, Gallagher is well-known for his acclaimed critical biography of Roosevelt, "FDR's Splendid Deception". The work examined more fully than previous biographies the extent and effect of polio on Roosevelt's life and career and how his disability was masked by the press during his lifetime. "Nothing to Fear" (Vandamere Press, 2001) adds to Gallagher's previous research by illustrating FDR's complete life, including rare glimpses of his adult years through hard-to-find photographs. These compelling and wonderfully descriptive photographs provide a unique document of the challenges that FDR faced and the vision and strength that he gave to a nation in the midst of financial and strategic crisis.
Gallagher contracted polio at age 19, Roosevelt at age 39. Gallagher has dedicated his life to writing, documenting and speaking on history and disability. While working for two senators for nine years and for the Johnson Administration, Gallagher trained not only in the methods of politics but produced many improvements for the disabled, ranging from a ramp at the Library of Congress to the development and enactment of the Architectural Barriers Act. His published works include the autobiographical "Black Bird Fly Away: Disabled in an Able-Bodied World", "By Trust Betrayed: Patients, Physicians and the License to Kill in the Third Reich", "Etok: A Story of Eskimo Power", and "Advise and Obstruct: The Role of the United States Senate in Foreign Policy Decisions". He is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and winner of the 1995 Henry B. Betts Award in recognition of his lifelong contributions to disability thought. He lives in Cabin John, MD.
This event is sponsored by the Washington College Office of Development, Alumni and Parent Relations.