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June 9 Provost’s Lecture with Labor Journalist Sam Pizzigati

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Part of the How Class Works Conference

Plutocrats: Understanding the 0.1%

Sam Pizzigati

A veteran labor journalist, Sam Pizzigati has written widely on economic inequality, in articles, books and online, for both popular and scholarly readers. An associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank in Washington, DC, Pizzigati has been editing Too Much ever since the publication’s 1995 debut. His op-eds and articles on income and wealth maldistribution have appeared in a host of major American dailies, magazines and journals. Pizzigati has edited publications for four different national American unions and directed, for 20 years, the publishing operations of America’s largest union, the 3.2 million-member National Education Association. The 1992 anthology he co-edited, The New Labor Press, remains the primary reference for trade union journalists.

Pizzigati’s latest book, The Rich Don’t Always Win: The forgotten triumph over plutocracy that created the classic American middle class1900-1970, appeared in 2012. In 2008, Pizzigati played a lead role on the team that generated The Nation magazine’s special issue on extreme inequality. That issue went on to win the 2009 Sidney Hillman Prize for magazine journalism.

A Maryland resident, Pizzigati served for eight years on the founding board of directors of Progressive Maryland, the state’s leading alliance of labor, community, civil rights and religious organizations. He spent a similar stint on the board of the Boston-based United for a Fair Economy, a national economic justice education and organizing effort.

Abstract: The idea is to give people interested in advancing the life circumstances of working people as clear an idea who are the 0.1%, the plutocrats, how they are organized, how they understand and pursue their interests — within the US and as a leading element of a newly emerging global ruling class — and what this all mean for workers.

This Provost’s Lecture, co-sponsored by The Center for Study of Working Class Life, will be held on Thursday, June 9, at 7 pm, in the Student Activities Center, Ballroom B.

The How Class Works Conference, presented by the Center for Study of Working Class Life at Stony Brook, will be held in the Student Activities Center from June 9 through June 11. For more information about the conference, visit the website.

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