Launched in 1999 by then-Chancellor Ralph Cicerone, the Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series brings to campus eminent scholars and public figures who are active change-makers and leaders in today’s world. These luminaries share their insights, expertise and ideas at on-campus lectures and seminars open to the public and UCI faculty, staff and students.
2015-16 Chancellor's Distinguished Fellows Series and the International Studies Public Forum present "Life, Death and Hope Among the Urban Poor in India" with Katherine Boo
Katherine Boo is an American investigative journalist who has documented the lives of people in poverty. She has won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service (2000), the MacArthur "genius" award (2002), and the National Book Award for Nonfiction (2012). She has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 2003. Her book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity 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.
On February 4, 2016, Boo spoke to an overflow crowd in the 300-seat Merage School Auditorium, sharing stories and lessons from her prize-winning book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.