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Monday, October 21
UD Speaker Series event with Sarah Smarsh
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Location: Kennedy Union Ballroom
Cost: Free

An Evening with Sarah Smarsh: Author of Heartland

Sarah Smarsh is an author, speaker, and journalist who focuses on socioeconomic class and rural America. Her book Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, a finalist for the National Book Award, examines economic inequality through her upbringing among the working poor on a Kansas farm. Smarsh is a regular political commentator in national media and has spoken internationally on poverty, rural issues, and cultural divides. She was recently a Fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and will soon launch a much-anticipated podcast about class and rural America.

By ninth grade, Smarsh attended eight southern-Kansas schools, ranging from a 2,000- student high school to a two-room prairie schoolhouse. Now, she holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, as well as degrees in journalism and English from the University of Kansas. A former English professor and grant-writer for social service agencies, Sarah aims for all of her work to have a backbone of civic responsibility.

For additional information or special accommodations, please contact the office of the provost at 937-229-2245. Event is free and open to the public. No tickets required, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is available in B and C lots only. Parking in any other campus lot requires a permit.

Contact Information:
Name: UD Speaker Series
Phone: 937-229-2245