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Leslie Chang Visits Hood

Leslie Chang, author of Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China, will be visiting campus Wednesday, Oct. 24, to meet with students, faculty staff.

Chang¹s book goes beyond the headlines to discover the personalities and aspirations of dozens of young women who are employed in mega-factories, the predominant demographic of the millions seeking work in the booming cities that have sprung up in China. Her book was selected for the Class of 2016 First-Year Read Program. It was named a New York Times Notable Book and recognized as one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, Time and BusinessWeek. It also received the PEN USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction and the Asian American Literary Award for nonfiction.

On the evening of Oct. 24, as the keynote event, Chang will discuss her book with Provost Kate Conway-Turner in a conversation-style format. The event will start at 6 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall. The campus community and general public are invited to attend the discussion, which will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing.

This is a free event, but tickets are required. For the campus community, tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis in Alumnae Hall, Room 111, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in WCC on October 18, 19, and 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public may reserve tickets by calling (301) 696-3140. The event is part of the Hanson Lecture Series, made possible through the Robert D. and Barbara Esmer Hanson '45 Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.