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Social activist journalist to visit as part of Maverick Speakers Series

News Release — 16 March 2009

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Media contact: Herb Booth, (817) 272-7075, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Barbara Ehrenreich has spent her life weaving journalism with picket lines and social activism.

The noted author brings her firebrand style to The University of Texas at Arlington at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in E.H. Hereford University Center's the Rosebud Theater, 300 W. First St., as part of the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, or ACES.

ACES 2009 is partnering with the Office of the President and the UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series to bring Ehrenreich to campus. The event is free but tickets are required. Get tickets at this Web site.

Ehrenreich is the author of 14 books. Her latest, the July 2008 release "This Land Is Your Their Land," is a collection of published columns. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Time magazine, Harper's magazine and the Los Angeles Times.

"This Land Is Your Their Land" tells of Ehrenreich's investigations into pockets of poverty among undocumented workers, military families and recent college graduates. Publisher's Weekly noted that in the book, "feisty, fearlessly progressive Ehrenreich offers laughter on the way to tears in 62 previously published essays that show ‘the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer.'"

Two of her books - "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America" and "Bait and Switch" - spent time on The New York Times bestseller list. "Nickel and Dimed," published in 2001, sold more than 1 million copies. It is an incisive look of working-class poverty that chronicles Ehrenreich's own attempt to live on minimum wage. The book is required reading at more than 600 colleges and universities. "Bait and Switch" examined white-collar unemployment.

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