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Author and journalist to speak at Olivet College
Sep 08, 2010

Award-winning author and journalist Alfred Lubrano will speak as part of Olivet Colleges Lecture and Symposium Series Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 1:30 p.m. in Mott Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Lubranos lecture is based on his book, Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams, published by Wiley in 2003. Drawing from his own story as well as on dozens more from individuals who share his experience, Lubrano sheds light on the predicament of some 13 million Americans: reconciling their blue-collar upbringing with the white-collar world they now inhabit.

The son of a Brooklyn bricklayer, Lubrano grew up in a neighborhood imbued with typical working-class values like the importance of hard work, loyalty to family and community, and a healthy respect for religion. Academically gifted, he attended Columbia University, and went on to achieve professional success as a reporter. But he quickly found that the lessons he had absorbed in childhood would not serve him as well as the upper-class gifts of subtlety, diplomacy and cultural capital leaving him strangely isolated from his workplace peers and the world he had left behind.

Lubrano is a feature writer on the staff of the Philadelphia Inquirer and has been an essayist for National Public Radios Weekend Edition Sunday since 1992. In addition, his work has been anthologized in five different college-level textbooks, as well as the book, Sons on Fathers, and the compilation titled Best Newspaper Writing, 1995. His writing has also appeared in GQ, Health and Smart Money magazines, as well as in the New York Times and MSNBC.com.

Lubrano has won more than a dozen journalism awards, including three national reporting awards, among them the Sidney Hillman National Prize for reporting on social justice, the Columbia University Tobenkin Award for reporting that combats racism and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award. He has been a guest lecturer at various college- and graduate-level journalism programs.

For more information on the lecture, call (269) 749-7131.


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