Tuesday, January 24, 2012

UAA/APU books of the year program "Criminalizing the Working Poor" with Dr. Chamard

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, was the moderator for the discussion "Criminalizing the Working Poor" on  January 17 at the Loussac Library. This event  was part of the Conversation Salon Series: The Working Poor, co-hosted  by UAA/APU Books of the Year and the Anchorage Public Library.  The discussions in this series are based on David Shipler's book, The Working Poor: Invisible in America.

Issues around this topic included restrictions on receiving public benefits such as Food Stamps, unfair payday and credit loans, and America's history as a meritocracy. Dr. Chamard also presented sociological theories concerning how the working poor are perceived and treated, such as rabble management.
L to r: Christina Gheen, Coordinator, UAA/APU Books of the Year
and Dr. Sharon Chamard in the Ann Stevens Room at the library.

Conversation Salon Series discussions are held every third Tuesday of the month, from September to May, at  5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Ann Stevens Room of the Loussac Library.   The sessions are not presentations, but opportunities for attendees to discuss issues relevant to themselves and the community. For more information contact Nancy Clark at 343-2972.