Save the date – you don’t want to miss this! We are hosting the national launch of Bob Herbert’s new book, Losing Our Way: An Intimate Portrait of a Troubled America. You might remember Mr. Herbert as the award winning and longtime columnist for the New York Times. This book is especially exciting for us because Bob came to Pittsburgh several times to interview parents and teachers in our local grassroots movement and wound up writing three chapters on our fight for public education!
After you mark your calendar, please RSVP on our Facebook event page, where you can also invite all your friends and colleagues and help us spread the word. Here are some more details:
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 6:30PM, moderated discussion and Q&A.
Doors will open at 5 with student performances & children’s activities.
Followed by book signing.
Location: McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh 15213.
Free parking in the garage.
Hosted by: Yinzercation (we are profiled in the book!)
Moderator: Tony Norman, columnist and associate editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Co-Sponsors: Action United
American Federation of Teachers
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University:
–Center for Arts in Society
–Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies and the Economy (CAUSE)
Great Public Schools Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network
Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee
Pittsburgh Collaborative for Working Class Studies
Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers
Point Park University School of Communication
University of Pittsburgh English Department
And here’s more information about the book from the publisher to whet your appetite:
From longtime New York Times columnist Bob Herbert comes a wrenching portrayal of ordinary Americans struggling for survival in a nation that has lost its way.
In his eighteen years as an opinion columnist for The New York Times, Herbert championed the working poor and the middle class. After filing his last column in 2011, he set off on a journey across the country to report on Americans who were being left behind in an economy that has never fully recovered from the Great Recession. The portraits of those he encountered fuel his new book, Losing Our Way. Herbert’s combination of heartrending reporting and keen political analysis is the purest expression since the Occupy movement of the plight of the 99 percent.
The individuals and families who are paying the price of America’s bad choices in recent decades form the book’s emotional center: an exhausted high school student in Brooklyn who works the overnight shift in a factory at minimum wage to help pay her family’s rent; a twenty-four-year-old soldier from Peachtree City, Georgia, who loses both legs in a misguided, mismanaged, seemingly endless war; a young woman, only recently engaged, who suffers devastating injuries in a tragic bridge collapse in Minneapolis; and a group of parents in Pittsburgh who courageously fight back against the politicians who decimated funding for their children’s schools.
Herbert reminds us of a time in America when unemployment was low, wages and profits were high, and the nation’s wealth, by current standards, was distributed much more equitably. Today, the gap between the wealthy and everyone else has widened dramatically, the nation’s physical plant is crumbling, and the inability to find decent work is a plague on a generation. Herbert traces where we went wrong and spotlights the drastic and dangerous shift of political power from ordinary Americans to the corporate and financial elite. Hope for America, he argues, lies in a concerted push to redress that political imbalance. Searing and unforgettable, Losing Our Way ultimately inspires with its faith in ordinary citizens to take back their true political power and reclaim the American dream.