President's Lecture Series: National Book Award winner Katherine Boo to discuss 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' on Oct. 21

President's Lecture Series: National Book Award winner Katherine Boo to discuss 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' on Oct. 21

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Katherine Boo will share the story behind her award-winning book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, during a talk on Monday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center at Rowan University.

Katherine Boo will share the story behind her award-winning book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, during a talk on Monday, Oct. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center at Rowan University.

Boo’s appearance, which is free and open to the public, is part of the President’s Lecture Series and a highlight of the second annual RU Reading Together Common reading program.

This academic year, members of the Rowan community joined with new students to read Behind the Beautiful Forevers, a non-fiction narrative that describes individual experiences in a desperately impoverished slum near Mumbai, India.

The book, which explores issues of economics, environmental studies, poverty, access to education, sociology and social justice, is the focus of University-wide scholarly lectures, discussion groups and class discussions this year.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Boo’s first book, won the 2012 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction.

Recipient of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for public service for her reporting of neglect and abuse of people with mental retardation for The Washington Post, Boo is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her work writing about disadvantaged communities has earned her a MacArthur “Genius” grant and a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing.

Following her talk, Boo will sign copies of her book.

Rowan’s President’s Lecture Series brings prominent speakers to campus for talks on topics ranging from education and science to history and politics. Past speakers have included, among others, Cornel West, Stephen Jay Gould, Jonathan Kozol, Scott Sagan, Sergei Khrushchev, and Dan Rather.

For information about Behind the Beautiful Forevers, visit www.behindthebeautifulforevers.com.

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