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Chatham University to Host Acclaimed Author Jeanne Marie Laskas on October 28, 2014

PITTSBURGH – Chatham University will host Jeanne Marie Laskas as this year’s featured author on October 28, 2014 at 8:00pm in Eddy Theatre. Laskas will be discussing and reading from her book Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, An Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work.

display-laskasJeanne Marie Laskas has gained recognition through her wide-ranging and appealing voice in contemporary journalism. Formerly a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Magazine for nearly 15 years, Laskas stories have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Ladies Home Journal, and many others. She is the voice behind Reader’s Digest’s “Ask Laskas,” where she dispenses wisdom with zero authority but plenty of common sense. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Magazine Writing 2008 and Best American Sportswriting 2000, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012. She is the winner of more than a dozen Gold Quill Awards for excellence in journalism, and her piece on coal mining, “Underworld,” was a finalist for the 2007 National Magazine Awards. Other works include her memoirs, Fifty Acres and a Poodle, The Exact Same Moon, and Growing Girls.

In her most recent book, Hidden America, Laskas delves into the lives of those many of us have never considered: coal miners, cowboys, migrant workers, sanitation engineers, air traffic controllers, and others whose work supports our day-to-day existence. Named a “Must-Read Best Book” by O: The Oprah Magazine and the “Book of the Year” by GQ, Hidden America is as entertaining and funny as it is moving and revelatory. After reading Hidden America, the Daily Beast concluded, “It’s impossible not to see the world a little differently.”

This event is free and open to the public. For any questions, please contact Bill Lenz at

About Chatham University

Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to global understanding, women’s leadership and the environment. Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson, and is recognized today as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected for The Princeton Review’s Green College Guide listing four years in a row, named to Sierra magazines list of top 20 “cool schools” and mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places “contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for green living.”

Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the world’s first fully sustainable campus in higher education, Eden Hall Campus, with completion of the first stage of construction on its 20-year master plan. Now fully coed, Chatham is the highest ranked institution in the US News & World Report Best Colleges Regional North – University category in Western Pennsylvania, and works to prepare its 2,000+ undergraduate and graduate students in the fields driving tomorrow’s economy—sustainability, health sciences, business and communication, and the arts and sciences.