'Life of Pi' author to deliver 2013 MSU convocation lecture, kick off 'Year of Engaged Leadership'

Yann Martel, the Canadian author who wrote "Life of Pi," will speak at Montana State University's 2013 Fall Convocation, set Sept. 5. The world-wide bestseller was the winner of a Man Booker prize and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film directed by Ang Lee. Martel's speech will kick off MSU's "Year of Engaged Leadership," an initiative that will encourage the MSU community to become better everyday leaders. (Photo by Alice Kuipers)

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BOZEMAN, Mont.--()--Yann Martel, author of the award-winning "Life of Pi," which was made into a highly acclaimed motion picture, will speak at Montana State University’s 2013 Freshman Convocation on Sept. 5, and kick off the university's Year of Engaged Leadership.

"Life of Pi" is a world-wide bestseller that has received numerous literary awards, including the 2002 Man Booker Prize. The book spent 69 weeks on the New York Times’ Bestseller List and will be the featured 2013 summer reading for MSU’s 2,400 incoming freshman class. The book was the basis for the recent Academy Award-nominated film directed by Ang Lee.

"Yann Martel is a compelling storyteller and an inspirational speaker – an excellent choice to launch our freshman students into their journey into university academic life," said MSU President Waded Cruzado.

The university also announced that Martel's visit will launch MSU’s Year of Engaged Leadership initiative, which will include events scheduled throughout the 2013-2014 school year that will help students, faculty and staff become more effective leaders on campus and in their communities.

The university will plan workshops, discussions, lectures and other campus-wide programs. Each month's activities will focus on a single characteristic of leadership, concentrating on ways that it is, or should become, an integral part of the university’s campus culture. Examples of innovative leadership activities will include a faculty-staff day of service in the community and a leadership film series. MSU Extension will work through Extension agents to explore monthly leadership concepts statewide.

Contacts

Montana State University
David Singel, 406-994-4371
dsingel@montana.edu
http://www.montana.edu/

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Yann Martel, the Canadian author of the bestselling "Life of Pi," will speak at MSU's 2013 Fall Convocation on Sept. 5 and launch the university's year-long initiative to help students.

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Montana State University
David Singel, 406-994-4371
dsingel@montana.edu
http://www.montana.edu/