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New York Times writer Joseph Berger will speak about his new book The World in a City, a study of how the latest wave of immigration is transforming New York City neighborhoods. Monday, February 25, 2008

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — New York Times education columnist and reporter Joseph Berger will speak about his new book The World in a City: Traveling the Globe Through the Neighborhoods of New York on Monday, February 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Rockefeller Hall room 200. The event is free and open to the public.

The World in a City grew out of the three years Berger spent for the Times as a kind of roving correspondent to New York City neighborhoods, writing feature articles about the ethnic and cultural richness of the city. Blending elements of sociology, pop culture, and travel writing, The World in a City takes readers on an intimate tour of present-day New York, describing the way immigration is changing the face of neighborhoods with a speed and diversity that could not have anticipated.

Berger’s previous book, Displaced Persons: Growing Up American after the Holocaust (2001) is a memoir about his family’s experience as refugees in New York in the 1950s and 1960s. It was praised by Elie Wiesel as a “powerful and sweetly melancholic memoir, brilliantly written,” and chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, which called it ”an extraordinary memoir.”

Earlier, Berger worked as Newsday’s religion writer, where he three times won the Supple Award given by the Religion Newswriters Association, its highest honor. He also reported for The New York Post, covering such assignments as the 1973 Middle East War and Watergate. From 1967 to 1971, he was an English teacher at a Bronx junior high school.

The Field Work office, programs in American Culture and Urban Studies, Department of Sociology, and Office of College Relations are sponsoring this event.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, February 12, 2008