Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author David Shipler to Speak at South Central College

(April 6, 2015) South Central College (SCC) will host award-winning author David Shipler on Wednesday, April 15 from 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. at the college’s North Mankato campus Conference Center. Shipler will discuss his national bestseller The Working Poor: Invisible in America. The event is free with the public invited to attend.

The book, which delves into the lives of the working poor in America, won an Outstanding Book Award from The Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights at Simmons College and led to awards from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, the New York Communications Council and the D.C. Employment Justice Center. It was also a finalist for the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award and the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award. 

Shipler is also the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land and other award-winning books. He is a former New York Times correspondent, guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has taught at Princeton, American University and Dartmouth and served as guest speaker at educational institutions throughout the U.S. He currently writes the online blog The Shipler Report.   

The Working Poor: Invisible in America is the featured book for South Central College’s annual year-long Common Read Series for 2014-15. Throughout the year, SCC has hosted several speakers, panels and films tied to the book’s topic, with Shipler’s visit serving as the culminating event of the series.  The event is sponsored by the SCC Diversity Committee, SCC Student Life and the SCC Academic Deans.