Adelphi's First Year Reading Book depicts the poverty and corruption that are at the heart of Indian school children deaths.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers, AU Reads BookThe news of the Indian school children who were poisoned by their school lunches yesterday is heart-wrenching. It’s no wonder that the horror has sparked protests and the principal is on the run. Today, The New York Times addressed the corruption that plagues India’s well-intended school lunch program, as well as the inability of the state medical system to handle the crisis. At least 23 children from India’s eastern state of Bihar are now dead and many more are hospitalized.
Adelphi’s incoming freshman class–the Class of 2017–is now reading Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity as part of the First Year Reading Program. The book, which depicts life in a Mumbai slum, lays bare the corruption and hypocrisy that run rampant in the world’s largest democracy. The freshmen who are wrapping up their second week of orientation have the opportunity to sign up for fall seminars which will explore this poignant and powerful book in greater depth. 

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