In the second annual Distinguished Teaching Lecture in Service and Civic Engagement, journalist and author Katherine Boo will discuss some lessons learned in 25 years of investigating injustice in dis-empowered communities. Boo is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a former reporter and editor for The Washington Post. She learned to report at the alternative weekly, Washington City Paper, after which she worked as a writer and co-editor of The Washington Monthly magazine. Boo's 2012 book Behind the Beautiful Forevers," is a narrative nonfiction about economic inequality through the stories of the lives of people in a Mumbai undercity. Boo won nonfiction prizes from PEN, the Los Angeles Times Book Awards, the New York Public Library, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, in addition to the National Book Award for Nonfiction. Her awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (2000) and a MacArthur Genius Award (2002).
This event is free and open to the public with no ticket or reservation required. This event is cosponsored by Princeton University Public Lectures' Spencer Trask Lecture Series, the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, the Ferris Seminars in Journalism and the University Center for Human Values.