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LIFE Today: A Conversation with Jill Golden and Kostya Kennedy

Event Details

Date: May 16, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm
–7:00 pm


Virtual Event

Join the Greenwich Historical Society for an evening of learning and exploration in our exhibition program for LIFE: Six Women Photographers. Take a look behind the scenes of LIFE with Jill Golden, Director of the LIFE Picture Collection in conversation with writer and journalist Kostya Kennedy, LIFE’s current Editor in Chief. This virtual program will deliver a closer look at the phenomenal 11-million-photo archive and will showcase a variety of current initiatives including digital projects, a major new book series, and film productions. The conversation will highlight the continued legacy of LIFE in the present day across contemporary editorial and publishing titles and will examine its lasting global influence. Golden and Kennedy will discuss the history of LIFE, the uniqueness of its archival photographs as well as LIFE’s ongoing editorial work and its impact on photojournalism today.

Speaker Biography

Jill Golden

Director of the LIFE Picture Collection

Jill is the Director of the LIFE Picture Collection and Vice President of the Picture Collection, Inc.— a subsidiary of the Meredith Corporation — where she manages the description and monetisation of over 10 million historical photographs. She's previously held archival and digital roles at Stanford University and for the US government, where her innovative work led to awards from the Library of Congress and the American Library Association. She holds master's degrees from Stanford and Syracuse, and a bachelor's from Carleton College.


Kostya Kennedy

Editor in Chief, LIFE

Kostya Kennedy is an editorial director at Dotdash Meredith and current Editor in Chief of LIFE. He is a former assistant managing editor and senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He has been a staff writer at Newsday and has written for The New York Times, Time,, The Huffington Post and The New Yorker.

Kennedy is the author of the award-winning 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports, as well as Pete Rose: An American Dilemma. Both were New York Times bestsellers and each also received the CASEY Award. Kennedy’s 2016 book Lasting Impact: One Team, One Season. What Happens When Our Sons Play Football followed a season of high school football.

Kennedy earned an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, from which he received a Pulitzer Fellowship. He has taught in the graduate journalism program at Columbia and at NYU, in the journalism department, and at the Preston Robert Tisch Institute of Global Sport. His television work includes regular appearances as a contributing analyst and commentator on the MLB Network, as well as appearances on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Morning Joe, and numerous other television and radio programs. He lives with his wife and children in New York.

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