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This week: Two events with 'The American Way of Poverty' author Sasha Abramsky

Sasha Abramsky writes in The Nation about the growing economic inequality in the United States: "At a moment when the wealthy flourish atop a sea of state subsidies (with the tacit compliance of many of the working poor), while the poor are barely protected by a frayed social safety net and often disengaged from the decision-making processes that structure their lives, confronting the root causes of poverty is particularly daunting and increasingly urgent."

He also sees some cause for hope: "For years, the story of poverty in America has been swept into the nether regions of our collective consciousness. Now, however, a new opportunity has opened up to place poverty and inequality center-stage again."

Abramsky is making two appearances this week at The Ohio State University:

  • A talk on Thursday, April 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Page Hall, 1810 College Road, Room 10.
  • A seminar on Friday, April 11 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Humanities Institute, George Wells Knight House, 104 E. 15th Avenue.

For more information, contact Philip Armstrong at

Sasha Abramsky is a freelance journalist and teaches in the UC Davis writing program. He is the author of The American Way of Poverty, listed by the New York Times among the 100 Notable Books of 2013, and many other books. His work has appeared in The Nation, Mother Jones, The Atlantic Monthly, New York Magazine, Salon, Slate, Huffington Post, The Village Voice, The New Yorker online, and Rolling Stone. He is a Senior Fellow at the New York City-based Demos think tank and a participant in the Voices of Poverty on-line narrative project.

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