University Forum: Sarah Smarsh - Heartland: Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

University Forum: Sarah Smarsh - Heartland: Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

February 12, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: 
Bennett Auditorium
Price: 
FREE
Contact:
Andrew Haley honorforum@usm.edu

Sarah Smarsh writes about class, politics, and public policy.

Sarah Smarsh writes about class, politics, and public policy and has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's online, The Guardian, VQR, The New York Times, The Independent, Longreads, and Guernica.  Heartland: Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, her memoir of growing up poor in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, will be published in September 2018.  The book, which has been named by both Barnes and Noble and Publisher’s Weekly, as one of the most anticipated new books of the fall, explores the class divide in America and seeks to unravel myths about rural America that suggest that those who live in the flyover states are backwards and ignorant.  Barbara Ehrenreich, a previous speaker at the University Forum, writes that Heartland “is so much more than even the best sociology. It is poetry — of the wind and snow, the two-lane roads running through the wheat, the summer nights when work-drained families drink and dance under the prairie sky.”

This event is free and open to the public!