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    Strangers in Their Own Land

    Anger and Mourning on the American Right
    A Book Talk with Arlie Hochschild
    March 10, 2017 from 12:30-2:00pm 
    College 9/10 Multi Purpose Room

    With the rise of Donald Trump as the Republican President-Elect, millions of Americans—politicians, journalists, and ordinary citizens alike—race to play catchup to better understand not only his appeal, but the hearts and minds of those who support him.

    Sociologist and bestselling author Arlie Hochschild is way ahead of the curve. For the past decade, from her home in Berkeley, CA, Hochschild became increasingly curious about “red” America. She wondered: why do the people in poor red states who would seem to benefit most from liberal government intervention abhor the very idea? Why do so many on the political right vote against what seems to be their self-interest? How do those on the right understand their self-interest and how does Trump appeal to it? Do the usual liberal explanations—economics , race—tell the whole story? Over the last five years, Hochschild “embedded” herself in Lake Charles, Louisiana, about as red a place as you can find. She attended fish fries, gumbo cook-offs, Pentecostal church services, and Trump rallies, and had long conversations over card games and cookies with people whose political beliefs differed greatly from her own. Ultimately she accumulated 4,690 pages of transcripts based on interviews with more than 60 people. [more...]

    Sponsored by the Sociology Colloquium Series and co-sponsored by Colleges 9 and 10, The Blum Center and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.

    See a recent News Hour intereview 
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    April 17-23, 2017 Global Poverty Awareness Week

    Food and Housing Information Pop-up Project

    We are a part of Giving Day on March 8th! Are you curious about supporting us?

    As part of the Blum Center’s Student Action Council for the Eradication of Poverty and Inequality (SACEPI), students across the UC system are launching initiatives to increase awareness of poverty. Our goal is to deepen the understanding of campus, regional, national, and global poverty. At UCSC, students are organizing info pop-ups. Food and housing insecurity are significant concerns for many UCSC students, and these pop-ups will offer opportunities for students to share their own experiences and communicate how our campus can foster students’ economic security.