NYT columnist Anand Giridharadas to visit campus as guest of Poynter Fellowship

Anand Giridharadas, author and columnist for The New York Times, will speak at Yale on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 14 and 15 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Anand Giridharadas (Photo by Darshan Photography)

Giridharadas will discuss his work at two different venues — at an RSVP-only dinner at 5:30 p.m. held at the Asian American Cultural Center, 295 Crown St., on Oct. 14; and at a 4 p.m. master’s tea held in Ezra Stiles College, 19 Tower Pkwy, on Oct. 15. The latter is free and open to the public.

Although born in Cleveland, Ohio, Giridharadas has lived his life in a variety of locations. He spent his childhood in Cleveland, Paris, and Maryland; was educated at the University of Michigan, Oxford University, and Harvard University; and later reported from Bombay, India for the Herald Tribune and The New York Times.

During his time in Bombay, Giridharadas wrote about India’s transformation, Bollywood, corporate takeovers, terrorism, outsourcing, poverty and democracy. Since returning to the States, Giridharadas has written two books: “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” about a Muslim immigrant’s campaign to spare the white supremacist who tried to kill him from Texas’ death row, and “India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking,” about returning to the India his parents had left.

In addition, he writes the weekly “Admit One” column, which appears in The New York Times’ arts section in the domestic edition, and the “Letter from America” column, which is in the Times’ global edition. He also appears regularly on both domestic and international TV and radio networks such as CNN and NPR and has been a guest on “The Daily Show.”

He was honored twice by the Society of Publishers in Asia for opinion and feature writing, by the South Asian Journalists Association for business reportage, and by the Indo-American Society for promoting cross-cultural understanding. In 2011 he was named a Henry Crown fellow of the Aspen Institute.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Michael Forsythe, Seymour Hersh, and Emily Nussbaum.

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