Sociologist Lisa Dodson, author of “The Moral Underground: How Ordinary People Subvert an Unfair Economy” (The New Press, 2011), will give a lecture at the College of the Holy Cross on Thursday, March 27 at 4:30 p.m. in Rehm Library. The lecture, sponsored by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, is free and open to the public.
In her lecture, Dodson, a research professor at Boston College, will explain the conflicts that many Americans are experiencing in the context of deepening poverty and inequality. Drawing from examples in her book, she will discuss how middle-class managers and professionals intercede in the workplace to assist the working poor.
Dodson, also the author of “Don’t Call Us Out of Name: The Untold Lives of Women and Girls in Poor America” (Beacon Press, 1999), is currently conducting national policy research on low wage work and family. She recently received funding from the Ford and Annie E. Casey Foundations to research the link between youth development and the contemporary low-wage economy. Prior to becoming a sociology professor, she worked as a union activist, an obstetrical nurse, and as director of the Division of Women’s Health in Massachusetts.
Learn more and watch lectures online at www.holycross.edu/mcfarlandcenter.
About the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture:
Established in 2001 and housed in Smith Hall, the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture provides resources for faculty and course development, sponsors conferences and college-wide teaching events, hosts visiting fellows, and coordinates a number of campus lecture series. Rooted in the College’s commitment to invite conversation about basic human questions, the Center welcomes persons of all faiths and seeks to foster dialogue that acknowledges and respects differences, providing a forum for intellectual exchange that is interreligious, interdisciplinary, intercultural, and international in scope. The Center also brings members of the Holy Cross community into conversation with the Greater Worcester community, the academic community, and the wider world to examine the role of faith and inquiry in higher education and in the larger culture.
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