In his latest book, Shipler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, profiles the lives of Americans unable to share in America's economic prosperity and examines the causes and consequences of poverty in our society. The book was selected for the Common Reading Program during the summer for all new undergraduate students entering Case Western Reserve.
Shipler will speak during the university's designated Community Hour, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel. Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the university are invited.
The writer and journalist's career has spanned over 40 years. He joined The New York Times as a news clerk in 1966. After working his way up through the newspaper's ranks and working in several foreign bureaus, he spent a year, 1984-85, as a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington to write Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, which explores the mutual perceptions and relationships between Arabs and Jews in Israel and the West Bank. The 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner for general nonfiction, the book was revised and updated in 2002, and Shipler went on to serve as executive producer, writer and narrator of a PBS documentary based on the book.
A national best-seller in 2004 and 2005, The Working Poor earned an Outstanding Book Award from the Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights at Simmons College, and led to Shipler's receipt of awards from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, the New York Labor Communications Council, and the Washington, D.C. Employment Justice Center.
The Community Hour event featuring Shipler is cosponsored by University Programs and Events, Alumni Relations, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, the College Scholars Program and the Hallinan Project for Peace and Social Justice.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.