Talk by Susan Campbell at Library Prize Reception

From the Friends of the Wesleyan Library:

At the reception for the Friends of the Wesleyan Library Undergraduate Research Prize, Susan Campbell will speak about her new book, Frog Hollow: Stories from an American Neighborhood (Wesleyan University Press, 2019), a love letter to immigration. She writes, “From the moment the Europeans came, we’ve needed the churn brought by immigration. Neighborhoods benefit. Cities do, as well.”

Frog Hollow is an ethnically diverse neighborhood just west of the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford, home to a wide variety of immigrants. During the Revolutionary War, it was a progressive hub, and later, in the mid-late 19th century, a hotbed of industry. Campbell focuses on the inventors, entrepreneurs and workers of the neighborhood, as well as the impact of African American migration to Hartford, the Civil Rights movement and the continuing fight for housing. Frog Hollow was one of the first neighborhoods in the country to experiment with successful urban planning models, including public parks and free education.

Books will be available for purchase and signing during the reception.

Susan Campbell, a Distinguished Lecturer at the University of New Haven, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a widely read Hartford Courant columnist, a regular commentator on WNPR, and a guest on CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” the BBC, WTNH-TV, and the local news show “Face the State.” She is also part of the Connecticut Health Investigative Team, an award-winning health and safety website. Her work at The Courant – where she was a staff writer and columnist for 25 years and is currently a freelance columnist – has been recognized by the National Women’s Political Caucus, the New England Associated Press News Executives, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the Society for Professional Journalists, among numerous other organizations.

For more information about the event, email libfriends[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Wednesday, May 1
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Place: Smith Reading Room, Olin Library