Mehta to discuss 'Kochia Chronicles' book at Dec. 2 brown bag luncheon

Stefanie Tomlinson
November 25, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Khanjan Mehta, director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program and assistant professor of engineering design, will discuss his book "The Kochia Chronicles: Systemic Challenges and the Foundations of Social Innovation" during a brown bag luncheon at noon Dec. 2 in 217 Willard.

"The Kochia Chronicles" is the first of a three-part series of short stories based on Mehta's experiences conducting research and advancing technology-based social ventures in East Africa over the past decade.

Mehta will discuss his journey from the world of engineering and entrepreneurship to storytelling and book publishing, and address issues such as why young African women are four times as likely to be HIV positive and which personal item tops the list of "most counterfeited items."

Sponsored by the Africana Research Center in the College of the Liberal Arts, the event is free and open to the public.

The Kochia Chronicles is available for purchase as a paperback and for the Kindle at

For more information about the HESE program, visit

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Last Updated November 25, 2013