2012-2013: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and Dimed“[W]e have Barbara Ehrenreich to thank for bringing us the news of America’s working poor so clearly and directly…” –Dorothy Gallagher, The New York Times Book Review


About the book and author

Book Reviews
The American Economist
Vol. 46, No. 1, Spring, 2002
Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich (Williams network)*
Review by: John J. Casson

Sex Roles
Vol. 46, Nos. 3/4, February 2002
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America (Williams network)*
Book Review by Roxanne A. Donovan and Mary Crawford

The Humanist
61.5 (Sept. 2001): p40.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America (Williams network)*
Book Review by Joni Scott

About the Author
Contemporary Authors Online, 2010 (Williams network)*

http://www.barbaraehrenreich.com/nickelanddimed.htm (freely available)

Barbara Ehrenreich’s blog posts on the Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barbara-ehrenreich (freely available)

Author recounts life on minimum wage: Writer who took up low-paying jobs for her book shares experience, views with Metro area.” (Williams network)*
Interview with Jennifer Youssef in The Detroit News [Detroit, Mich] 17 Oct 2006: C.2.

A Conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich” (freely available)

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow: Author Barbara Ehrenreich, on the state of the middle class (freely available)

Background Reading
Congressional Research Service Report December 29, 2011
Changes in the Distribution of Income Among Tax Filers Between 1996 and 2006: The Role of Labor Income, Capital Income, and Tax Policy (freely available)

The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)
Affording Health Care and Education on the Minimum Wage (freely available)

United States Department of Labor
The History of Labor Day (freely available)

*Note: You can access “Williams network” resources from off campus through the proxy server.

Other resources

View this 9/3/12 panel discussion on Nickel and Dimed for first-year students.

Check out the flat display case on the first floor of Sawyer Library.

View this conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich at Montgomery College.

Schedule of Events

Barbara Ehrenreich’s talk at Williams has been rescheduled to November 8th at 7 pm on the MainStage. Please reserve tickets online or by calling the theatre box office (597-2425) Tues – Sat, 1-5 pm. Please note that tickets from October 2nd are no longer valid.

Tuesday, September 18th, 7:30 pm, Brooks Rogers
Williams Reads Opening

Speakers and free copies of Nickel and Dimed available for pick up.

Thursday, September 20th, 4 pm, Images Cinema
Film Screening: Fixing the Future

Free showing of the documentary film Fixing the Future, showcasing examples of social innovation nationally, with a panel to look at local examples.

Wednesday, September 26th, 6:30 pm, Griffin Hall room 3
Panel: “Why Should We Care?”

With speakers from Williams who are working on issues of economic justice in the local community.

Thursday, November 8, 7 pm-’62 Center Main Stage
Author Lecture

Free and open to the public. Tickets required. Book signing to follow.

Saturday, Nov. 10th
5th Annual Winter Blitz!

Brought to you by the Center for Community Engagement. Spend a day working to prepare homes in the local community for winter. Contact Alice Stears ’15 or sign up here.

Thursday, Nov. 15th, 7pm-Schapiro Hall 129
Nickel and Dimed: Students in Action

A panel of students who have worked in combating poverty, featuring Nancy Gonzalez ’13, Bethany Dixon ’15, Zach Ferguson ’13 and Kelsey Gaetjens ’13, moderated by Cathy Johnson, Professor of Political Science.

Sunday, Nov. 18th
Help Prep Thanksgiving with the Berkshire Food Project

The Berkshire Food Project will be preparing their Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 18th to serve on Nov. 19th. To help, contact Val Schwarz, Director of the Berkshire Food Project, 664 -7378