Let’s Talk About it, Oklahoma’s 2019 series “Working to Survive, Surviving to Work” continues February 11th with Barbra Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (2001)
6:30 PM in Room 151 of Walker Center
Petree College of Arts & Sciences, at NW 26th & N. Florida
Parking available in the lots to the north of the building.
Dr. Nathan Shank, Asst. Prof. of English, Ok Christian University, presents Nickel Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbra Ehrenreich. In her undercover journalism, Ehrenreich investigates life for the working poor in three American locales through an experiment in surviving financially through working various entry-level and unskilled jobs herself. A staggering number of Americans hold these kinds of jobs, nearly 8 million holding two simultaneously just to make ends meet. How do our fellow citizens survive in this context? What is the future of a culture that allows itself to be pieced together by millions of citizens working regularly only to fall further below the poverty line?
The books in this series offer a variety of perspectives concerning individuals and their work. A combination of realistic fiction and nonfiction, from various historical and cultural contexts, offers discussion groups an opportunity to consider not only the economic and societal value of work, but more importantly, why we work to begin with.
Free book loans have run out, but anyone is welcome to attend with their own copies of the books. Let’s Talk About It, Oklahoma is a program of Oklahoma Humanities.
The upcoming title in the season’s series will be:
February 25th : Kathryn Stockett, The Help, presented by Dr. Ben Bates