EVENT:  Author and investigative journalist Katherine Boo, a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, will visit the University of California, Irvine to discuss urban and global poverty, India and other topics.

WHEN/WHERE:  Feb. 2-4 at various locations on the UCI campus


Tuesday, Feb. 2

  • Noon-2 p.m.: “Tackling Urban Poverty: Some Lessons From 20 Years in the Field.” Location: Room 1517 of Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway (bldg. 214, grid F9 on campus map: https://communications.uci.edu/documents/pdf/UCI_15_map_campus_core.pdf)

Wednesday, Feb. 3

  • Noon-2 p.m.: “Reporting the Global Poor: Practical & Ethical Challenges.” Location: atrium of Calit2 (bldg. 325, grid H8 on campus map)

Thursday, Feb. 4

  • 5-6:20 p.m.: “Life, Death & Hope Among the Urban Poor in India,” with book signing and reception to follow. Location: Merage School of Business Auditorium Room 1200 (bldg.. 222 grid F10 on campus map)

INFORMATION:  Media planning to attend should contact Cathy Lawhon at 949-824-1151 or clawhon@uci.edu. Parking is complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.

BACKGROUND:  The author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death & Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, Katherine Boo documents the lives of people in poverty. She has won a Pulitzer Prize for public service, a MacArthur “genius” award and a National Book Award for nonfiction. Boo previously worked as an editor and reporter at The Washington Post.