Award-winning journalist to deliver Auburn’s Common Book lecture Sept. 19

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – John Bowe, author of “Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy,” will give the free, public keynote address for the 2013-14 Auburn Connects! Common Book Program Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in Foy Hall auditorium at Auburn University.

“Nobodies,” Bowe’s second book, considers three cases of forced labor and explores how it can exist and why it is tolerated in a modern democracy. Bowe uncovers a complex web of factors, including Americans’ habits of consumption, and reflects on the role each plays.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are reading “Nobodies” as the featured book for the 2013-14 Auburn Connects! Common Book Program and taking part in events throughout the year that explore the economic, social and personal ramifications of indentured servitude, human trafficking and slave labor.

An award-winning journalist, Bowe is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and NPR’s This American Life and has appeared on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show. He is the co-editor of “Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs,” one of Harvard Business Reviews best books of 2000. He is the recipient of the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award; the Sydney Hillman Award for journalists, writers, and public figures who pursue social justice and public policy for the common good; and the Richard J. Margolis Award, dedicated to journalism that combines social concern and humor. Bowe is the co-screenwriter for the film “Basquiat.”

Ample parking is available on and near campus for Bowe’s talk. Parking passes for the Ralph Brown Draughon Library deck or handicapped parking at Foy Circle can be requested by calling Valerie Bagley, co-director of Auburn Connects!, at (334) 844-5822. The Auburn University Bookstore will have copies of the book on hand for sale and signing after the lecture.

The Auburn Connects! Common Book Program is designed to promote community around a shared reading experience and to foster curiosity, engagement and critical thinking. Auburn University’s Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies sponsors the program and is co-sponsoring Bowe’s talk with the Office of the Provost.

For more information about Bowe’s lecture, Auburn Connects! and related events including lectures, films, creative presentations and other activities, go to or call Valerie Bagley at (334) 844-5822.

(Contributed by Jay Lamar.)

Contact: Jay Lamar, Auburn University, (334) 844-8453 (, Valerie Bagley, Auburn Connects! Common Book Program, (334) 844-5822 (, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (