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Barbara Ehrenreich Opens Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian

ehren.jpgBOONE–Barbara Ehrenreich, contributing writer for TIME magazine since 1990, opens Appalachian State University’s Visiting Writers Series with a reading and book signing Thursday, Sept. 4.

The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Blue Ridge Ballroom. Admission is free. Call (828) 262-2871 for more information.

Ehrenreich’s articles, reviews, essays and humor have appeared in a range of national publications, including The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s.

She received the Sydney Hillman Award for Journalism and a Brill’s Content “Honorable Mention” for a chapter in the book “Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.” The book was this year’s selection for Appalachian’s freshman reading program.

She also will participate in the discussion “Living Research: Questions and Answers on Investigative Writing” Friday, Sept. 5, from 10-11 a.m. in the student union’s Linville Falls Room.

Her other books include “Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War” (Metropolitan, 1997); “The Worst Years of Our Lives: Irreverent Notes from a Decade of Greed” (Pantheon, 1990); “Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class,” which was nominated for a National Book Critics’ Award in 1989; “The Snarling Citizen,” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1995); and “The Hearts of Men: American Dreams and the Flight from Commitment” (Doubleday, 1983.)

Ehrenreich has received numerous grants and awards and is widely known as an engaging public speaker.

She holds a Ph.D. in biology from Rockefeller University and has taught at the University of California-Berkley Graduate School of Journalism and at Brandeis University.

The Fall 2003 Visiting Writers Series is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts; Appalachian’s Office of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Summer Reading Program, Office of University Advancement, University Bookstore, Office of Multicultural Student Development, “The Appalachian Journal” and The Richard T. Barker Friends of the University Library; business sponsors The Gideon Ridge Inn, The Red Onion Restaurant, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, and Sugar Hill Records; and community sponsors The Dover Foundation, The High Country Writers, The Friends of Kathy Fitzpatrick, Mildred Luckhardt and Robert Moren and Dr. Bruce Jackson.

Parking for Visiting Writers Series events is available for non-university community members after 5 p.m. in the parking lot below Raley Hall. Also suggested is the lot across from First Presbyterian Church, behind the campus Post Office. For further parking information or guest parking for daytime events, call the Office of Traffic and Parking at (828) 262-2878.