Anne Fadiman will speak with author Ted Conover on topics ranging from journalists and medicine to the culture of books in a multimedia age on Tuesday, February 17, noon, at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute (20 Cooper Square, between 5th and 6th Streets, 7th Floor). Subways: 6 (Astor Place); R, W (8th Street). The event is free and open to the public. Call 212.992.9842 for more information. Photo ID required for entry. Seating is limited.
Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures chronicles the struggles of a Hmong family in Merced, California to treat their daughter’s epilepsy. The work won the National Book Critics Circle Award and is widely taught in universities both as literary journalism and as a case study in the challenges of cross-cultural medical treatment and communication. Fadiman, who has won National Magazine Awards for reporting and for essay-writing, is also the author of the bestselling Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader and At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays. Former editor of the American Scholar, Fadiman edited both the 2003 edition of Best American Essays and Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love.
Ted Conover, whose works include Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing, Coyotes: A Journey Across Borders with America’s Illegal Migrants, and Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails with America’s Hoboes, is a distinguished writer-in-residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Reporters interested in attending should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or email@example.com.