Barbara Ehrenreich scheduled to speak at Center Stage event

Journalist Barbara Ehrenreich will present her best-selling book, “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America,” at 6 p.m. this Thursday in Derryberry Hall Auditorium.”Nickel and Dimed”, a New York Times bestseller and required reading at over 600 colleges and universities, investigates the impact of the 1996 welfare reform in the United States.

Ehrenreich,believing that it was not possible to survive on wages of $6-7 per hour, spent over a year working as a single woman, living on minimum wage as well as government and other charitable services, including welfare, food stamps, and Medicare.

“I got arrested at a protest with Yale workers; I joined picket lines with hotel workers in Santa Monica and janitors in Miami; I leafleted for a living wage in Charlottesville and marched with ACORN in Michigan.” said Ehrenreich, long-time New York Times and Time magazine columnist, and a recipient of the National Institute/Puffin Foundation Prize for Creative Citizenship award.

The presentation of “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America” is to be hosted by Tech’s Sociology Club. The event will be free of charge and open to the public. A reception and book signing will take place immediately following the presentation in the President’s Conference Room.

For more information, contact Ada Haynes at ahaynes@tntech.edu.