A Conversation with Arundhati Roy

Date: 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 11:00am to 12:15pm

Location: 

Zoom

Writer Arundhati Roy joins journalist and 2021 Nieman Fellow Vidya Krishan for a discussion about being a writer in the post-truth age, dissent, disinformation and democracies in crisis around the world.

Writer Arundhati Roy joins journalist and 2021 Nieman Fellow Vidya Krishan for a discussion about being a writer in the post-truth age, dissent, disinformation and democracies in crisis around the world. 

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Arundhati Roy is a novelist and essayist. Her two novels, “The God of Small Things” and “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,” were published 20 years apart and have each been translated into more than 45 languages. In 2019, her nonfiction was collected in a single volume, “My Seditious Heart.” A new collection of essays “Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction.” was published in 2020. Roy is the recipient of the 1997 Man Booker Prize. She has also been awarded the Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize, the Norman Mailer Prize, the Sydney Peace Prize, the Ambedkar Sudar Award and the Mahatma Phule Samta Prize. In 2017, she won the Mahmoud Darwaish Award for literature. She was born in Shillong, Meghalaya, and lives in Delhi.

Vidya Krishnan is an investigative journalist based in India. She has reported on the Rohingya genocide, the global tuberculosis pandemic and the right-to-health movements in the developing world. Her first book, “Phantom Plague: The Untold Story of How Tuberculosis Shaped our History,” will be published in 2022. As a 2021 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, she is researching how behavioral economics can inform infectious disease policies.

Contact: Ellen Tuttle ellen_tuttle@harvard.edu