Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed will be fall common text
From the English Department
The English Department announces that Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed will be the common text for fall 2006.
Ehrenreich's text offers a vivid portrait of this country's invisible millions, the working poor, who toil each year for poverty-level wages. The author travels from Maine to Minnesota, taking on work as a maid, salesperson and cleaner. In the process, she comes to understand the multiple dangers and anxieties that confront her co-workers on a daily basis as they cling on to their precarious livelihoods.
The Division of Student Affairs and the English Department will organize discussion panels, speakers and film screenings during the week of Oct. 2 as a way to promote conversations about the text. Organizations or individuals who would like to incorporate the text into classroom or campus activities are encouraged to contact Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury, common text chair, English Department.