Pulitzer-Prize winning-author Dan Fagin speaks at Florham Campus
October 24, 2017 — Author Dan Fagin recently visited the Florham Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University to address the freshman class in Lenfell Hall. He won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 2014 for his best-selling book Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation which detailed the increase of childhood cancers around Toms River, N.J. from contamination from the nearby chemical plant. The Toms River Chemical Plant was designated Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1983. Fagin discussed his book and the Toms River Superfund site.
Hosted by the College Writing program, the event is part of an annual series of presentations and readings for Florham Campus freshmen. Each year, the freshmen read a book together — this year Friendswood, a novel by FDU faulty member and MFA in Creative Writing director, Rene Steinke. Both Steinke’s novel and Fagin’s book share similar stories and common themes about the impacts of environmental pollution on local communities.