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About the Author

Brooke Hauser has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Allure, among other publications. She is the author of The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, a winner of the American Library Association’s 2012 Alex Award. “Simply astonishing” is how NPR’s Talk of the Nation described the stories told in the book. People magazine selected The New Kids as one of its “Great Reads,” Parade magazine chose it as a “Parade Pick,” and the New York Post called it “required reading.” Says The New York Times: “Ms. Hauser’s book is a refreshing reminder of the hurdles newcomers to this country still face and how many defy the odds to overcome them.” READ MORE

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On the Pursuit of Knowledge

I just wrapped up a weeklong visit in the Green Mountain State, where I spent a few days on campus at The University of Vermont. The Honors College selected The New Kids as its Summer Read for incoming freshmen, and as such I was invited to deliver a public lecture on the theme that the students will be considering all year: The Pursuit of Knowledge. I have to say, I really enjoyed writing the speech, which is titled “Learning America: Connecting Cultures in a Brave New World.” READ MORE