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The People "Behind the Beautiful Forevers": Globalization, Recession, and Life in a Mumbai Slum

SpeakerKatherine Boo
Date Apr 1, 2014
Time 7:00 pm  
Location Brookens Auditorium
Sponsor Friends of Brookens Library & UIS Chancellor’s Office
Phone 2172068507
Event type Lecture
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Katherine Boo will discuss her book, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, an award-winning account of the lives of the inhabitants of Annawadi, a Mumbai slum in the shadows of luxury hotels and the international airport.  Boo followed the lives of several key residents of Annawadi as the global economic downturn in 2008 and 2009 added to the tensions that already existed over issues of religion, caste, and gender.  Her portraits are compelling, sometimes heartbreaking, and offer insight into globalization at the personal level in one of the 21st century’s great, unequal cities.

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