Born in London, raised in Rhode Island, and now living in Brooklyn, Lahiri embodies the spirit of globalism that defines this multi-year commemoration. Much of her work focuses on the Indian experience at home and abroad, of characters finding their place within their own culture or one they adopted by fate or by choice. Her debut collection of short stories, “Interpreter of Maladies,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Her most recent novel, “The Lowland,” follows the story of two brothers raised in Calcutta, one of whom becomes a political dissident and one of whom finds a new life in America.
Lahiri is scheduled to speak about her works at 4 p.m. April 4 at the Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union. The event is free and open to all, and I hope you will encourage your student to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.
“Many Worlds, One Globe” will highlight the vital role of Hutton Honors College in providing international experiences to students all across our campus, even those not directly enrolled in the college. The series will include public lectures, courses, workshops and special events that explore the complex connections between individual identity and global understanding.
Lahiri joins a long list of noted public figures to visit the Bloomington campus this past year—from journalist Ta- Nehisi Coates to Secretary of State John Kerry. Each visit has offered students a unique chance to challenge themselves intellectually and to engage in community-wide discussions related to topics of great importance to the future of our world. Students who take part in these activities not only take full advantage of the IU Bloomington academic experience, they also prepare themselves to be engaged and thoughtful citizens of our democracy.