Ehrenreich to discuss 'Working for Change'
Posted: February 11, 2008
Update: Ticket registration has closed. There are no more available tickets. A simulcast of the talk will be shown in Trout Auditorium.
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Best-selling author and noted columnist Barbara Ehrenreich will give the talk, "Working for Change: Citizenship and Class in America," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
The talk, which is part of the national speaker series "The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen & Politics in America," is free and open to the public but tickets are required. A book signing will follow.
Because of the expected demand for tickets, free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to Bucknell students, faculty, and staff through online registration. Students, faculty, and staff may reserve up to four tickets per person.
Begin registering to request up to four tickets at noon on Tuesday, March 4, at Forum Tickets. This form will close as soon as all tickets are reserved, but no later than Wednesday, March 5, at 9 p.m. Tickets will be mailed to arrive in campus mail boxes no later than Friday, March 14.
After ticketing closes, subsequent student, faculty, and staff ticket requests will be placed on a waiting list for any remaining tickets that may become available.
Because of the importance of building bridges with the community, a limited number of tickets are being made available to the community. Members of the public who would like to attend this event at the Weis Center can reserve up to four free tickets beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 11, at Forum Tickets.
This form will close as soon as all tickets are reserved, but no later than Wednesday, March 12, at 9 p.m. Community tickets will be available for pick up in person at the Weis Center Box Office on Friday, March 14, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. with a government-issued ID card, OR on Monday, March 17, between 6 and 7 p.m. at the Weis Center.
Tickets to the Weis Center for this event will become null and void at 7:15 p.m. on the date of the event. All ticket holders must be in their reserved seats by that time or risk losing their seats.
Ehrenreich is the best-selling author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America and Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream.
Nickel and Dimed, which explores her experience as a blue-collar employee working full-time for poverty-level wages, spent 92 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and has sold more than a million hardcover and paperback copies combined.
Bait and Switch relates her research as a white-collar professional looking for a job in 2004, a time when the economy was officially booming.
"I met laid-off people who'd been searching for a job for more than a year and often ended up -- after selling their homes and borrowing from relatives -- taking low-wage work as big-box sales clerks or even janitors," Ehrenreich said of her experience in a Feb. 3 column in The Washington Post.
"In the past five years, America's briskly rising productivity has been the envy of much of the world. But again, there's been no corresponding increase in most people's wages," she continued. "So thoroughly is the economy decoupled from ordinary experience that, according to a CNN poll, 57 percent of Americans thought we were already in a recession a month ago. And most Americans have been living in their own personal recession for years.
"Government intervention, whether short-term or long-term, needs to get to the heart of this problem by offering a hand to the poor and the unemployed."
A prolific writer
Ehrenreich is the author of 10 non-fiction books, including Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class, which was nominated for a National Book Critics' Award in 1989; The American Health Empire: Power, Profits and Politics; and The Mean Season: The Attack on Social Welfare with Frances Fox Piven, Richard Cloward, and Fred Block.
A columnist for Time magazine from 1991 to 1997 and a regular contributor to The Progressive, she also has written for The New York Times, Mother Jones, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms, The New Republic, Z Magazine, In These Times, Salon.com, and other publications.
The recipient of a doctorate in biology from The Rockefeller University, she has received numerous grants and awards, including a Ford Foundation Award for Humanistic Perspectives on Contemporary Society, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a grant for Research and Writing from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The recipient of the Sydney Hillman Award for Journalism, she shared the National Magazine Award for Excellence in Reporting in 1980.
Ehrenreich founded United Professionals in 2006 as "a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for white-collar workers, regardless of profession or employment status."
"The Bucknell Forum: The Citizen & Politics in America" is a national speakers series focused on major issues in the 2008 presidential election, notably those at the forefront of today's national discourse. It features nationally renowned leaders, scholars, and commentators who will examine these issues from multi-disciplinary perspectives and a diversity of viewpoints and provide a model for civil discourse. The series will run through the inauguration of the next U.S. president in January.
The fall semester focused on the media influence on citizens, politics, and the election. This spring is focusing on the role of individual identity in these issues. Visit The Bucknell Forum for more information.
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