2007-2008

Author Lauren Slater to Speak at WPI as Part of Fund-raiser for Worcester's Friendly House


Lauren Slater, a best-selling and award-winning author, will be the featured guest at a fund-raiser for Worcester's Friendly House Shelters and the Elm Park-Lincoln Estate Neighborhood Association. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8 in WPI's Campus Center Odeum. Slater will read selections from her works and take questions from the audience. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted to benefit the organizations.

University Connected to Community Center for 40 Years

What

Lauren Slater, a best-selling and award-winning author, will be the featured guest at a fund-raiser for Worcester's Friendly House Shelters and the Elm Park-Lincoln Estate Neighborhood Association. She will read selections from her works, which include Prozac Diary, Welcome to My Country, Opening a Skinner’s Box, and Complete Guide to Mental Health for Women. She will also take questions from the audience. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted to benefit the organizations.

WPI students, faculty, and staff have been involved with Friendly House, a community center, for close to 40 years, providing volunteer services, running student mentoring programs, and organizing food drives. More recently, WPI student project teams, led by faculty advisors, have assisted with the design and plans for a new energy-efficient building and recommendations for parking; developed efficiency-based space and work-flow plans; and managed the installation of a new computer system. Exploradreams and the new RoboKids program provide Friendly House youth ages 8-13 with mentoring, tutoring, and early exposure to college life.

Information about Friendly House: www.worcesterresources.org/friendlyhouse. Information about the Elm Park-Lincoln Estate Neighborhood Association: www.elmparkneighbors.org.

Who

Lauren Slater is a psychologist and writer. Her most recent book is Best American Essays, 2006, for which she served as guest editor. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them a 2004 National Endowments for the Arts Award, multiple inclusions in Best American Volumes, and a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT. Slater is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and Elle. She has been nominated several times for National Magazine awards in both the essay and the profile categories. After her daughter’s birth, she wrote her memoir, Love Works Like This, to chronicle the agonizing decisions she made relating to her psychiatric illness and her pregnancy.

When

Wednesday, August 8, 2007
7 p.m.

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Campus Center, Odeum (top level)
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.

July 26, 2007