New Program Brings ‘Fast Food Nation’ Author to WSU

OGDEN, Utah – In connection with a new reading program at Weber State University, Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation,” will discuss his book and the legacy of muckraking during a visit to campus, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom.

Fast Food Nation,” which spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, explores the inner workings of the fast food industry. Depicting the tremendous growth and success of the industry, Schlosser reveals how fast food has been a revolutionary force in American life, transforming our diet as well as our economy, workforce and popular culture.
Schlosser’s visit is part of a new summer reading program WSU introduced with incoming students this year. All university-tier, first-year students were invited to enroll in the program. Approximately 100 students signed up for the program and received a free copy of “Fast Food Nation.”

Colleges and universities across the country have begun implementing summer reading programs for incoming freshmen as a way to introduce them to academic pursuits, as well as fellow classmates. At WSU, students had the opportunity to meet and discuss the book in reading groups and attend faculty-led discussions examining key points and issues raised in “Fast Food Nation.”

“The summer reading program offers our incoming students a shared, academic experience,” said Provost Michael Vaughan. “Research strongly indicates that students who become engaged in their studies from the start are much more likely to succeed and finish their degrees. We see this program as an investment in our students.”

Vaughan said having Schlosser discuss his book on campus was a natural extension of the summer reading program, providing yet another way for students to connect with college life.
Schlosser’s visit and presentation are co-sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs and WSU’s Honors Program. The presentation is free to the public.

Schlosser, an award-winning investigative journalist, has spent years investigating the fast food industry. In 1998, his two-part article on the subject in Rolling Stone magazine generated more mail than any other article that publication had run in years. Schlosser is a contributor to The New Yorker and has served as a correspondent for Atlantic Monthly since 1996. Hailed as a modern-day muckraker, Schlosser is the author of “Reefer Madness,” and is working on a forthcoming book examining why the “land of the free” has the largest prison population in the history of the world.

For parking information, call the InfoBooth at (801) 626-6975. For all other information regarding Schlosser’s visit, call Diana Meiser at (801) 626-6006.

ATTENTION REPORTERS & EDITORS: If you are interested in covering this event, please contact the office of Media Relations at 626-7212 at least 24 hours before the event so we can reserve a seat for you and/or for a photographer. Thank you for your continuing coverage of WSU.
Contact:

Diana Meiser, Division of Academic Affairs

(801) 626-6006 · dmeiser@weber.edu
Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
(801) 626-7212 • jkowalewski@weber.edu