Meet Barbara Ehrenreich: Faculty of Arts honorary doctorate recipientExport this event to calendar

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 — 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM EDT

Barbara Ehrenreich, best-selling author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking is Undermining America, Re-making Love: The Feminization of Sex, and most recently her memoir Living with a Wild God, is coming to Waterloo.

Barbara EhrenreichBarbara Ehrenreich is a renowned investigative journalist and advocate for social justice, whose twenty books and countless magazine articles explore topics related to women’s health, financial insecurity and class and the struggle for the rights of women. Nickel and Dimed, probably her best known book, reports on a year she spent incognito, having eschewed the advantages of her financially comfortable life trying to live in the conditions prevailing for working class women in America. The book makes clear the enormous resources required by so-called “unskilled labourers” and the high costs of being poor.  Her important article in Harper’s Magazine, “Welcome to Cancerland” is a sharp critique of the infantilization of women inherent in recent marketing efforts surrounding breast cancer.

Her writing is provocative, sharply focused, and forces us to think more clearly about the issues involved.  Her work is almost always hilarious, and is always a joy to read.

At this event Barbara Ehrenreich will answer questions from the audience about many aspects of her work. Come out and see her in action. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP is required by June 4, 2015 as seating is limited.

Barbara Ehrenreich will receive an honorary doctorate at Convocation on June 10, 2015 in recognition of an outstanding career that combines deft scholarship, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to using her learning to make the world a better place.

Location 
HH - J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities
Room 373
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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