Nickel and Dimed Is Text and Community Book for 2003

Posted: February 11, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Greg Guenthner

This semester, the Text and Community Program will be hosting events on the New York Times best-selling book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. Ehrenreich received a Ph.D. in Biology from Rockefeller University and has written numerous books on health care, class, families, and sex. She is also a regular contributor to The Progressive.

Sponsored by the English Department, the Text and Community Program is a semester-long project that seeks to foster exchanges across disciplines and interpretations of a text from multiple perspectives.

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Robinson Hall, Room A447, there will be a brown bag lunch and discussion on teaching Nickel and Dimed with English professors Denise Albanese, Byron Hawk, Lorna Irvine, and Peggy Yocom. Free lunch is provided and everyone is welcome to attend and share ideas on presenting the book in the classroom.

On Wednesday, April 9, from 5:55 to 7:10 p.m. in the Lecture Hall there will be a multidisciplinary panel discussion on the book featuring Peter Boettke, Mike O’Malley, Mark Jacobs, Julie Mahler, Barbara Melosh, and Claire Snyder.

Other Text and Community events include a film screening of Real Women Have Curves tentatively scheduled for Thursday, March 6, in the Johnson Center Cinema. A lecture with Miriam Ching Yoon Louie, author of Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Worker Women Take on the Global Factory has been scheduled for Thursday, April 3.

There are also undergraduate and graduate essay contests for best nonfiction essay, a poetry contest, and a short story contest. The prize for first place in any category is $100, and the deadline for submissions is April 25.

For more information and updates, visit the Text and Community web page.

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