On November 14, award-winning author Andrea Elliott will be at Wright State University for a public lecture and discussion about her book, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City. Elliot is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who focuses on the lives of people on the margins of power. Invisible Child follows a child born in a homeless shelter in New York City as she and her family navigate the education, child welfare, substance abuse/mental health, and criminal justice systems over eight years.
Invisible Child was named the 2022 Runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Non-fiction. Ellis was also awarded the 2022 General Nonfiction Pulitzer Prize, the 2022 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the 2022 Helen Bernstein Book Award, and the 2022 Gotham Book Prize for Invisible Child. Copies of the book are available for check-out at Dunbar Library, through OhioLINK, and SearchOhio.
The lecture is sponsored by the College of Health, Education, and Human Services in partnership with the Division of Inclusive Excellence and the University Libraries. The lecture will give the students, faculty, staff, and community an opportunity to learn more about the complexity and multidisciplinary implications of the social problems rooted in poverty. Educators, students, and social and human services providers will be encouraged to rethink their roles in addressing these issues, and to take steps to engage in the community for good.
The event will be Monday, November 14 from 9:15 – 10:15 am on the 4th floor of the Dunbar Library. It is free and open to the public. Visitors to campus are encouraged to get a visitor parking pass from the booth near the Student Union, and park in Lot 12, near the CAC and Dunbar Library.
All are encouraged to bring new socks for the CHEH Student Advisory Board Sock drive, in partnership with Shoes4theShoeless.