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Rescheduled: Ogden Honors College Convocation 2017

Arlie Hochschild, author of Strangers in their Own Land, will address the Ogden Honors College
When Aug 31, 2017
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Shaver Theater
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Contact Phone 225-578-2479
Attendees Ogden Honors College Community
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Arlie Hochschild, author of Strangers in their Own Land, will give the address at the 2017 Ogden Honors College Convocation. All Ogden students are encouraged to attend, and the event is also open to the general public.

Strangers in their Own Land is the 2017 Ogden Honors College Shared Read book. Published in 2016, Strangers in Their Own Land follows Hochschild’s journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, to deeply conservative Louisiana. In the book, Hochschild dives into Louisiana culture, attending gumbo cook-offs and church services; listening to pipefitters and plant operators; and tries to scale an “empathy wall” between opposing ideologies. Strangers in Their Own Land puts a spotlight on the country’s deep political divide, but it also offers a way forward.

Strangers in Their Own Land was chosen for its relevance to HNRS 2000, a critical analysis course required for incoming Honors students that will address many of the topics discussed in the book. This year’s theme is “A House Divided,” and will explore different sides of often polarizing issues, including climate change.

Author Arlie Hochschild is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include family, market culture, global patterns of care work and social psychology with a recent focus on the relationship between culture, politics and emotion. Strangers in Their Own Land is a 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction, a New York Times Best Seller and is considered one of the “6 Books to Understand Trump’s Win” according to the New York Times.

Hochschild received her bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and her master's and doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, where she teaches. She has written eight books, including The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home and The Outsourced Self: What Happens When We Pay Others to Live Our Lives for Us.

The Ogden Honors College is committed to fostering scholars who will strive to solve public problems and become leaders in the larger world. The Shared Read program is one of the ways in which Ogden students begin to engage with and ask questions about these issues, and is designed to introduce new students to the academic and intellectual culture of the Honors College through a common reading experience. Each spring, the Ogden Honors College selects a single text as required summer reading for all incoming students and as recommended reading for current Honors students. Our academic year is then kicked off in the fall by Honors Convocation, at which the author of the Shared Read text gives the address.

Incoming Ogden students are required to read Strangers in their Own Land by August 21. Students can purchase the book at the Barnes and Noble on LSU’s campus, or at their local bookstore.

A book signing will follow Hochschild’s address.