Claremont, Calif. (April 2, 2007) – The 2007 senior class of Pitzer College has selected national bestselling author and reporter Eric Schlosser as their commencement keynote speaker. Since Pitzer’s first commencement, the College has observed its longstanding tradition having its senior class to select the keynote speaker.
Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness, investigates hidden realms of American business and culture and their far-reaching effects on our lives. He challenges people to think about critical and often overlooked issues, including food safety, workers’ rights, the war on drugs, our prison system, marketing to children and the obesity epidemic.
Schlosser has been a correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly since 1996. His work has appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. Fast Food Nation has been translated into more than 20 languages and reached #1 on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of “What They’re Reading on College Campuses.” His next book will explore the question, “How does the land of the free come to have the largest prison population in the world?”
The College’s 43rd commencement will take place on Sunday, May 13, at 1:00 P.M. on the Brant Clock Tower lawn.