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Author Alex Kotlowitz to Discuss 'Growing Up in Today's Inner-City' April 12

Author Alex Kotlowitz to Discuss 'Growing Up in Today's Inner-City' April 12

April 2, 2000

April 2, 2000, Greencastle, Ind. - Alex Kotlowitz, author of the recently published book, The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, A Death and America's Dilemma, will give a Hartman Center Civic Education Convocation at DePauw University on Wednesday, April 12. Kotlowitz will speak on "Breaking the Silence: Growing Up in Today's Inner-City" at 7 p.m. in East College, Meharry Hall. The convocation is open and free to the public.

About the latest book by Kotlowitz, the New York Times wrote: "Of all the many books written about race in America in the past couple of years, none has been quite like The Other Side of the River ... It is the difference between the two towns, one white, one black, that anchors this story, gives it its soul, and makes it important, essential even, for the rest of us to contemplate." The book received the Chicago Tribune's Heartland Prize for Non-Fiction.

He also is the author of the best-selling book There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America. Published in 1991, it received numerous awards, including the Helen B. Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, Carl Sandburg Award and Christopher Award. The New York Public Library selected it as one of the 150 most important books of the century. In 1993, it was adapted for television as an ABC movie-of-the-week starring Oprah Winfrey.

Kotlowitz writes for the New Yorker and teaches writing at Northwestern University. A Distinguished Visitor at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Kotlowitz worked as a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal from 1984 to 1993, writing on urban affairs and social policy. Previously, he freelanced for five years, contributing to the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, National Public Radio and various magazines. He is the recipient of the John LaFarge Memorial Award for Interracial Justice given by New York's Catholic Interracial Council.