“American Society: Pressures and Change”, a Conversation with Mr Anand Giridharadas

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•10•26    18:30 - 19:30

    On 26 October 2015, UNU will host “American Society: Pressures and Change”, a conversation with author and New York Times columnist Mr Anand Giridharadas. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on 26 October at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    It is a season of extremes in the United States. Improbable politicians are thriving, inequality is at historic levels, innovation is producing some of the most dynamic, world-changing companies, and poverty rates are stubbornly high.

    Mr Anand Giridharadas will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation discussing the political and economic landscape in the United States as well as Mr Giridharadas’s argument about privileged Americans’ abdication of their duties in a time of historic need.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 25 October) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the Speaker

    Anand Giridharadas is an acclaimed author and New York Times columnist, writing about a world in transition as seen through the lens of culture. He is the author of two books, most recently The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, winner of the New York Public Library 2015 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

    Mr Giridharadas is a former consultant for McKinsey & Company, and has reported from Bombay for the International Herald Tribune and New York Times. Mr Giridharadas has also written extensively on India’s transformation, Bollywood, corporate takeovers, terrorism, outsourcing, poverty, and democracy. In 2011 he published India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, where he examines the India his parents left.

    Mr Giridharadas has received awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia, the South Asian Journalists Association, the Indo-American Society, and has been a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale. In 2011, he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.


    2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925