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SCC is proud to announce the Common Read Series for 2014-15. The featured book will be David Shipler’s The Working Poor: Invisible in America. SCC will be hosting a variety of panels, speakers, films, and reading groups throughout the year. Please check back for updates each month.

SCC Common Read selection for 2014-15: The Working Poor: Invisible in America by David Shipler
“Nobody who works hard should be poor in America,” writes Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler. Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the working poor. (Source:

Synapse Lecture Series

Graphic of BookcoverSCC Common read kick-off
The Working Poor: Invisible in America

Presenter: Kurt Dershem, SCC Instructor of Philosophy

Tuesday September 9, 2014
ITV Room C36 Fbt & E132 NM
12 Noon - 12:50 p.m.

SCC has selected David Shipler’s The Working Poor: Invisible in America as our Common Read for the 2014-2015 academic year. In his acclaimed book, Shipler describes the challenges facing the working poor in vivid and distressing detail. He provides a compelling and nuanced analysis of the causes of poverty, avoiding the simplistic explanations offered by partisans on the political left and right. According to Shipler, poverty derives from both structural factors and personal failings, and can only be addressed by taking all of these elements into account. We’ll be viewing an episode of ABC’s Nightline which features an interview with Shipler and portrayals of several individuals from his book. A discussion will follow.

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