Alex Kotlowitz to Moderate Our Opening Night Panel on Sept. 14

The public is invited to a free and special panel ahead of the debut of Working in America on Wednesday, September 14 at 6pm at the Harold Washington Library in Chicago.

Award-winning author Alex Kotlowitz will moderate the panel on the meaning of work in 2016. Confirmed panelists include:

  • Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director, Domestic Workers Alliance & MacArthur Fellow
  • Lynsey Addario, Pulitzer Prize-winning MacArthur Fellow, Project& Fellow, & Working in America photographer
  • Lucia McBath, individual featured in the exhibit, Mother, Gun Policy Advocate & Activist
  • Roque Sanchez, individual featured in the exhibit, Custodial Worker & Student
  • Jeffrey McGee, individual featured in the exhibit ,Facilities Manager & formerly incarcerated Drug Dealer.
  • Gary Bryner, individual featured in the exhibit, Retired General Motors Worker & Union Member, and subject in Studs Terkel’s book, Working.

However, the panel will not be the usual panel discussion format; rather it will be more in the style of Studs Terkel himself. Each panelist will be asked about their working life and participate as workers — the experts of their own lives.

The night’s itinerary is as follows:

6:00 pm: Panel Program — Pritzker Auditorium, located within the Harold Washington Library (400 South State Street)

7:45 pm: Viewing of exhibit — Working in America

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About Working in America

Working in America takes an intimate look at how we feel about what we do (or wish we could do) all day long: work, indebted to and inspired by the remarkable and influential work of Studs Terkel. Working in America is composed of a nationally traveling photographic exhibition, an online archive for everyday people to contribute their own stories, and a radio series co-produced with Radio Diaries and NPR — an initiative that puts a human face on the dramatically changing landscape of work.