Emily Flitter

Spencertown Academy Presents Author Emily Flitter

Spencertown Academy Arts Center, in collaboration with Chatham Bookstore, presents New York Times columnist Emily Flitter on her new book, The White Wall: How Big Finance Bankrupts Black America, on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 pm. She will be joined in conversation with author and former investment banker William D. Cohen. Advance reservations are recommended. Tickets ($10) are available at www.spencertownacademy.org.

“We are delighted to be working with the Chatham Bookstore to bring this event to the Academy,” says Academy Board Member Jill Kalotay. “Emily’s book is deep dive into the well of systemic racism existing inside the world of American finance today.”

Emily Flitter covers banking and Wall Street for the New York Times. Before this, she spent eight years at Reuters, writing about politics, financial crimes, and the environment. Flitter holds an MA in Near Eastern studies and journalism from New York University and a BA from Wellesley College. She began her journalism career as a freelance reporter in Cairo. The White Wall is her first book.

William D. Cohan, a former senior Wall Street M&A investment banker for 17 years at Lazard Frères & Co., Merrill Lynch and JPMorganChase, is a New York Times-bestselling author who has written eight non-fiction books, including several about Wall Street. His latest book, Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon, about the rise and fall of GE, once the world’s most powerful, valuable, and important company, will be published in November 2022 by PenguinRandomHouse.

Books by both authors will be for sale and the authors will be available for signing after the conversation. Ticket holders will receive 10% off books purchased at the event.

The Academy has installed multiple Blueair HealthProtect 7470 air purifiers in the building; masks are recommended. Academy leadership is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Columbia County, as well as recommendations from health authorities, and will adjust protocols as necessary.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Spencertown Academy Arts Center and the 175th year since the Academy was built as a school in 1847. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see spencertownacademy.org.