Anand Giridharadas Speaking at UMass


“Anand Giridharadas, writer of the “Currents” column for The New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune will be speaking at the Graduate Student Appreciation Week Kick-off Party. Come discuss the current socio-economic climate in US, Asia and recent political uproar in the Arab world. Explore with Anand, the opportunities for foreign entrepreneurs, investors, scholars and students in India.
In 2009, Anand completed a four-and-a-half-year tour reporting from India for The Times and the Herald Tribune, as their first Bombay presence in the modern era. He reported on India’s transformation, Bollywood, corporate takeovers, terrorism, outsourcing, poverty and democracy. He was appointed a columnist in 2008, writing the “Letter from India” series.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to parents from Bombay, he has also resided in Paris and outside Washington, D.C., where his family still lives. He studied the history of political thought at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. He first interned for The New York Times at age 17, writing two articles on money and politics under the tutelage of Jill Abramson. He moved to Bombay after college, in 2003, to work as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he served on projects advising the local government on urban development, a pharmaceutical company on organizational redesign and leadership development, and Indian and Chinese businesses on their internationalization strategies.
He was recently spotted with Jon Stewart at The Daily Show. He appears now and again on television and the radio in the United States and internationally, including on CNN and CBC Radio, for both of which he serves as an analyst. He has lectured at Harvard, Brown, the University of Michigan, the Sydney Opera House, the United Nations, the International Development Research Centre, Google and the Young Presidents Organization as well as been a panelist and moderator at conferences organized by the Herald Tribune and the Asia Society, among others.
Giridharadas’s first book, entitled India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, a work of narrative nonfiction about his return to the India his parents left, was published in early 2011.
Come join us in Campus Center Ball Room A on 25th April from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Listen to Anand’s views on different topics related to globalization and how it is shaping the future of the world, while enjoying delicious food and the chance to win prizes such as iPad2s, Kindles, a 32” HDTV and many more.
This event is sponsored by UMass Boston’s Graduate Student Assembly.”


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