AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR; JOURNALIST
An award-winning author and passionate journalist, teacher, and speaker whose work has inspired important conversations at colleges, universities, and conferences around the country, Brooke Hauser believes that the best stories are about people, not policies. Her writing puts a human face on some of the most important issues of the 21st Century, including immigration, education, civil rights, women’s rights—and the pursuit of the American Dream.
Brooke is the author of the new biography Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman, the riveting story of an American cultural and media icon set against the backdrop of the Sexual Revolution and the Women’s Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Recently optioned to be a movie, Enter Helen appeals to millennials and baby boomers, men and women, alike, and it has appeared on several best-of lists, including McKinsey & Company’s recent roundup, “What CEOS are reading.” Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter declared Enter Helen “a must-read piece of protofeminist history,” Entertainment Weekly chose it as a “Must List” pick, and the Washington Post called it “entertaining, thoughtfully researched and—the ultimate encomium where HGB was concerned—fun.”
A longtime journalist, Brooke has written for Allure (where she was also a Contributing Editor), Glamour, and Marie Claire, among other publications. Her article for the New York Times, “This Strange Thing Called Prom,” followed the adventures (and misadventures) of a group of immigrant and refugee high-school students in Brooklyn as they planned their school’s first-ever prom—a foreign concept. She returned to the school the following year to write her first book. The result, The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, won the American Library Association’s 2012 Alex Award. Says the New York Times: “Ms. Hauser’s book is a refreshing reminder of the hurdles newcomers to this country still face and how many defy the odds to overcome them.”
Based in Western Massachusetts, Brooke frequently teaches nonfiction writing at Smith College.
LEARNING AMERICA: CONNECTING CULTURES IN A BRAVE NEW WORLD
Drawing from her acclaimed book The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, Brooke discusses her experience following the daily dramas of five students, all recent immigrants learning English at the International High School in Brooklyn. Many millennial multicultural students deal with enormous obstacles: traumas and wars in their countries of origin that haunt them, and pressures from their cultures to marry or drop out and go to work. Relating their personal stories, Brooke walks us through ways to accommodate and learn from the next generation of newcomers. Through poignant examples of people coming together despite their differences, she conveys some of the important lessons learned in the hallways of this fascinating microcosm and expands on ways that colleges and communities can work together to increase awareness around diversity issues and bridge cultural gaps.
FEMINISM, SEXUAL FREEDOM, AND ALL THE SINGLE LADIES
In 1965, Helen Gurley Brown, author of the groundbreaking bestseller Sex and the Single Girl, took over an ailing Cosmopolitan and soon revamped it into one of the most bankable—and revolutionary—brands on the planet. Sharing anecdotes from her book Enter Helen: The Invention of Helen Gurley Brown and the Rise of the Modern Single Woman, Brooke guides us through the Sexual Revolution and Women's Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, revealing how a self proclaimed "mouseburger" from the Ozarks became one of the most influential (and controversial) women of her time. "Bad Feminist" or not, HGB ignited conversations about marriage, motherhood, work, feminism, and "having it all" that still continue today.