Feb. 3, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 10

Author Ehrenreich, Poet Campo Visit This Month

Political essayist and social critic Barbara Ehrenreich will discuss her first-hand research on the American working poor at the annual Boston College Women's Studies Program lecture on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Shea Room of Conte Forum.

Ehrenreich's talk, "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America," is the title of her critically acclaimed 2001 book, in which she offered a look at the lives of the millions of Americans who work for poverty-level wages. To gather material for Nickel and Dimed, Ehrenreich took a series of low-wage jobs, working as a waitress, nursing home aide and store clerk. The book made the New York Times best-seller list.

Her other books include Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class and Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War. Ehrenreich also has written for Harper's, The Nation, The Progressive, The New Republic, Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She will be introduced by Prof. Juliet Schor (Sociology), author of the recent book Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext.2-8528.

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The Lowell Lecture Humanities Series continues its second semester schedule on Wednesday, Feb. 16, with a reading by doctor-turned-poet Rafael Campo.

A practicing physician at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess, Campo has published four books of poetry, including The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry (2003); Diva (1999), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and What the Body Told (1996), which won a Lambda Literary Award.

His work has also been featured on the National Endowment for the Arts Web site and on National Public Radio. He is a recipient of the Annual Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Pushcart Prize.

Interviewed by the Boston Globe last month, Campo - who encourages his patients to write about their medical experiences - said, "I am interested in poetry as an antidote to the medicalese that seems like a weapon inflicted on a patient."

The event, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Devlin 101, is free and open to the public.

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