Enjoy two events with Jessica Bruder, the 2019 Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer. She will read from her work, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century; books will be available for purchase and signing. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Housing Crisis in a Precarious Economy: A Panel Discussion with Jessica Bruder. Featuring Jessica Bruder, Nico Colombant, and Donald Griffin.
Monday, November 18, 2019, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, Reno
Nico Colombant coordinates the Our Town Reno multimedia street reporting collective as part of his job as Lecturer of Digital Media at the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Following a series of “in-their-own-words” audio postcards which aired on KUNR, and live journalism events funded by the Association of Independents in Radio in 2018, Our Town Reno started its own podcast this year, to give the microphone directly to those affected by rising rents, gentrification, and the higher cost of living, as well as street poets and those helping each other out in the Biggest Little City.
Donald Griffin lost his home and his children, but a housing-first model that helped him get into a safe living situation allowed him to get clean and begin rebuilding his life. Now a spoken word poet and community activist, Griffin volunteers with a number of organizations, including Vocational Opportunities for Inclusive Career Education (VOICE) and Acting in Community Together in Northern Nevada (ACTIONN), in order to change the narrative about people like himself and to help expand the opportunities that got him clean and off the streets.
A Conversation with Jessica Bruder
Moderated by Donica Mensing, University of Nevada, Reno, Reynolds School Associate Dean
Monday, November 18, 2019, 7:00 pm
Wells Fargo Auditorium, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, University of Nevada, Reno
These events are presented in partnership with the University of Nevada, Reno, Reynolds School of Journalism.
Jessica Bruder is a journalist who writes about subcultures and social issues. For her book Nomadland, she spent months living in a camper van, documenting itinerant Americans who gave up traditional housing and hit the road full time, enabling them to travel from job to job and carve out a place for themselves in a precarious economy. The project spanned three years and more than 15,000 miles of driving — from coast-to-coast and from Mexico to the Canadian border. Named a New York Times Notable Book and Editors’ Choice, Nomadland won the 2017 Discover Award and was a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Prize and the Helen Bernstein Book Award.
She is the author of Burning Book and is currently writing about trust in the age of surveillance.
Jessica has been teaching narrative storytelling at Columbia Journalism School and contributing to The New York Times for more than a decade. She has also written for New York Magazine, WIRED, Harper's Magazine, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times Magazine, and The Guardian. She lives in Brooklyn with a dog named Max and more plants than you can shake a leafy stick at.
Past Robert Laxalt distinguished writers include: