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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer Katherine Boo to Speak at Whitworth University’s President’s Leadership Forum April 24

January 23, 2018
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and New York Times best-selling author Katherine Boo will be the featured speaker at Whitworth University’s spring President’s Leadership Forum, to be held Tuesday, April 24, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Spokane Convention Center. WELLS FARGO IS THE TITLE SPONSOR FOR THE EVENT.

Boo has written for The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Washington Monthly, telling stories about the world’s poor and disadvantaged populations. Her reporting at The Post about group homes for intellectually disabled people won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2000. A subsequent article for The New Yorker, “The Marriage Cure,” won the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing in 2004. It detailed efforts in Oklahoma to educate communities about marriage in hopes of keeping people out of poverty.

Boo’s New York Times best-selling book Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2012 and was adapted for the stage by the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. It tells the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in the slums of Mumbai, India. Boo is currently working on her next book, an exploration of social mobility in low-income neighborhoods in the United States, with Lyceum Agency.

Whitworth’s President’s Leadership Forum draws key national leaders to the Inland Northwest to provide wisdom and insight on a variety of contemporary issues. The event costs $35 per person or $350 for a corporate table (10 seats per table). Breakfast is included. Additional sponsor opportunities are still available. Advance online registration is required:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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