About Author Eric Schlosser
Art Exhibition reception: "My Hometown Banner Exhibition"
Students representing every school in the district will have artwork in the exhibition. At the end of their display cycle, the banners will be recycled into bags or other fabric products, and sold to raise funds to support the continuation of the project. The exhibition will be on display to August 23. Part of SUNY Oswego and Oswego City School District "My Hometown Banner Project." Free. 315-312-2112.
Location: Oswego State Downtown, West 1st Street, Oswego
Friday, June 23, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Rice Creek Ramble
Family-friendly naturalist-led walk. Participants should dress for the weather and call 315-312-6677 on the morning of the hike to check trail conditions. Program size is limited, unable to accommodate groups. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Free.
Location: Rice Creek Field Station
Saturday, June 24, 11 a.m. - noon
Friday, June 23, 5:34 p.m. - 5:34 p.m.
Eric Schlosser, journalist and first-time published author, catapulted into the limelight with his book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (Houghton Mifflin, 2001; Perennial, 2002). This book was a finalist in the 2002 Book Sense Non-fiction Book of the Year.
Investigative reporter, Eric Schlosser, began his inquiry of the fast food industry as a two-part article for the Rolling Stone magazine in 1998. He wrote this book over a three year period during which he researched the fast food market and business practices associated with many well-known chains. Upon further investigation, Schlosser unraveled the amazing success of the fast food industry and ramifications on the economy, our environment, various cultures and our nation's health and well-being. According to Schlosser, every facet of our society has been infiltrated by the fast food industry!
During an interview with The Atlantic Unbound, Schlosser said, "A lot of my writing has tried to give a voice to people outside of the mainstream. I don't expect my sort of journalism to change the world, but if it can add some shred of empathy or understanding or compassion, if it can convey a fraction of what I've seen and learned, it's well worth doing."
Eric Schlosser graduated from Princeton University in 1981 where he studied American History. A few of his summer jobs during his Princeton years included working in the mailroom of New York magazine and as a fact checker for Esquire. After graduation, Schlosser attended Oxford University where he studied late nineteenth century British imperial history.
Eric Schlosser is currently a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly for which he has been a correspondent since 1996. He contributes regularly to other magazines such as Rolling Stone and U.S. News and World Report. In September 1994, Schlosser won the National Magazine Award for his article "Reefer Madness" (about the criminalization of marijuana) and "Marijuana and the Law" (Part 2 of the aforementioned article). He was also the recipient of the prestigious Sidney Hillman Foundation Award for reporting.
In May 2003, Eric Schlosser released his second book Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market (Houghton Mifflin). This book focuses on exposing the underbelly of the black market associated with marijuana, pornography and illegal immigrants.
Eric and his wife live in New York City with their two children. He is also employed by Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Productions.