Pico Iyer Teaches ‘The Literature of Fact — Writing and Reporting on Place’

April 4, 2019
Avanti Divan, a junior, left, and Iyer listen intently as a student discusses his views of the week’s reading assignment. Among the authors whose works are explored in depth are Zadie Smith, Richard Rodriguez, Joan Didion and John McPhee, a Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence at Princeton. Photo: Denise Applewhite

Exploring the idea of place is taking students enrolled in essayist Pico Iyer’s spring journalism course well beyond the geographic coordinates of the Princeton campus.

“Issues about home and belonging and juggling cultures are going to be a theme throughout their lives,” said Iyer, a visiting lecturer in the Humanities Council and a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton this spring. “And I think happily, because it’s a theme I share.”

In teaching “The Literature of Fact — Writing and Reporting on Place,” Iyer said he has been impressed by the global outlook and awareness of his 16 students, who have striking travel stories of their own.

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