2007 Fall Unequal We Stand: What Future for the American Middle Class?

December 6, 2007

“Into Great Silence”

Nestled deep in the postcard-perfect French Alps, the Grande Chartreuse is considered one of the world’s most ascetic monasteries. In 1984, German filmmaker Philip Gröning wrote to the Carthusian order for permission to make a documentary about them. They said they would get back to him. Sixteen years later, they were ready. Gröning, sans crew […]

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November 29, 2007


The Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris is one of the most famous ones in the world, not only because of the beautiful gravestones and the lovely street plan of this necropolis, but also because of its occupants. Famous artists like Georges Mélies, Oscar Wilde, Amedeo Modigliani, Edith Piaf, Maria Callas, Simone Signoret, Yves Montand and […]

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November 27, 2007

Theda Skocpol

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November 15, 2007

“Ghosts of Abu Ghraib”

Wielding startlingly candid interviews with perpetrators, witnesses, and victims, GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB provides an inside look at the abuses that occurred at the Iraqi prison in the fall of 2003. Award-winning filmmaker Rory Kennedy explores how, given the right circumstances, typical boys and girls next door can commit atrocious acts of violence.

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November 8, 2007

“The Devil Came on Horseback”

THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK exposes the tragedy taking place in Darfur as seen through the eyes of an American witness who has since returned to the US to take action to stop it. Using the exclusive photographs and first hand testimony of former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle, THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK takes […]

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November 6, 2007

Robert H. Frank

Professor Frank is a monthly contributor to the “Economic Scene” column in The New York Times. Until 2001, he was the Goldwin Smith Professor of Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy in Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences. He has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Nepal, chief economist for the Civil Aeronautics […]

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November 5, 2007

Jeanette Walls

From Publishers Weekly Freelance writer Walls doesn’t pull her punches. She opens her memoir by describing looking out the window of her taxi, wondering if she’s “overdressed for the evening” and spotting her mother on the sidewalk, “rooting through a Dumpster.” Walls’s parents—just two of the unforgettable characters in this excellent, unusual book—were a matched […]

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November 1, 2007

“Enemies of Happiness”

ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS is a film about personal courage and conviction. It centers on Malalai Joya, who became one of Afghanistan’s most famous and infamous women in 2003 when she challenged the power of warlords in the country’s new government. Two years later, the 28-year-old ran in her country’s first democratic parliamentary election in over […]

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October 30, 2007

Walter Benn Michaels

Walter Benn Michaels is just completing a project, The Shape of the Signifier, on literary and theoretical writing since 1967. His new project — its working title is “The Beauty of a Social Problem” — will be about art and inequality between WWI and WWII, and his teaching over the next few years will probably […]

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October 25, 2007

“Everything’s Cool”

In their signature upbeat comedic style, Daniel Gold and Judith Helfand weave an entertaining, character-driven, behind-the-scenes tale about the mother of all problems: global warming. Against a distinctly American backdrop of denial, deception, and delay, a group of global-warming messengers/prophets fervently searches for the right language and strategy to propel a reluctant, disaster-fatigued citizenry and […]

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October 18, 2007

“Paper Cannot Wrap Up Embers”

During the last half-century, Cambodia has witnessed genocide, decades of war and the collapse of social order. Now, documentary filmmaker Rithy Panh looks at an irreparable tragedy that is less visible, yet no less pervasive: the spiritual death that results when young women are forced into prostitution. Angry and impassioned, PAPER CANNOT WRAP UP EMBERS […]

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October 17, 2007

Marjorie Kelly

Marjorie Kelly is a Senior Associate at Tellus Institute and co-founder of Corporation 20/20, a project to create the vision and chart the course for the future corporation. Kelly was also co-founder and editor of Business Ethics, a national magazine on corporate social responsibility she launched in 1987, read by opinion leaders in business, academia, […]

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October 16, 2007

Chris Howard

Chris Howard graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Duke University in 1983 with a B.A. degree in History. He later earned his M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees in Political Science from MIT. Chris has taught at the College since 1993. Recent course offerings include The American Welfare State, Research Methods, and […]

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October 11, 2007

“Waging a Living”

The term “working poor” should be an oxymoron. If you work full time, you should not be poor, but more than 30 million Americans — one in four workers — are stuck in jobs that pay less than the federal poverty level for a family of four. Shot over a three-year period in the northeast […]

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October 9, 2007

Stanley Aronowitz

Stanley Aronowitz has taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York since 1983, where he is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology. He received his B.A. at the New School in 1968 and his Ph.D from the Union Graduate School in 1975. He studies labor, social movements, science and technology, education, social […]

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October 4, 2007

“Maxed Out”: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged America’s Gulf Coast, it laid bare an uncomfortable reality—America is not only far from the world’s wealthiest nation; it is crumbling beneath a staggering burden of individual and government debt. MAXED OUT takes us on a journey deep inside the American debt-style, where everything seems okay as long as the minimum […]

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October 2, 2007

David Grusky

Professor David Grusky is currently studying the rise and fall of social classes under advanced industrialism, the underlying structure of occupational segregation by race and sex, the sources of modern attitudes toward gender inequality, and long-term trends in patterns of occupational and geographic mobility.

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September 27, 2007

Born Rich

First-time filmmaker Jamie Johnson captures the rituals, worries and social customs of the young Trumps, Vanderbilts, Newhouses and Bloombergs in the documentary special, BORN RICH, a 2003 Sundance Film Festival selection. Offering candid insights into the privileges and burdens of inheriting more money than most people will earn in a lifetime. Narrated by Johnson, a […]

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September 25, 2007

Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein joined the Economic Policy Institute in 1992. He is the author of the new book, “All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy.” His areas of research include income inequality and mobility, trends in employment and earnings, low-wage labor markets and poverty, international comparisons, and the analysis of federal and state economic policies. Between 1995 and 1996, he held the post of deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

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September 20, 2007

Manufactured Landscapes

MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes”—quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of […]

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