Wed, Feb 22|
Exploring the Realities of Poverty in America
Land will speak virtually about her experiences living in poverty as a single mother and the challenges she faced in navigating social support systems. An in-person panel of local experts in the field and with lived experience will follow the lecture.
Time & Location
Feb 22, 3:00 PM
Athens, 25 S Green Dr, Athens, OH 45701, USA
About the event
At age 28, Land dreamed of going to college and becoming a writer. Instead, she found herself fleeing a violent partner, left homeless and alone with a seven-month-old child. Years of barely scraping by with government assistance and a $9-an-hour job as a house cleaner would lead, eventually, to Land’s bestselling debut memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive — a book that Entertainment Weekly described as “a moving, intimate, essential account of life in poverty.”
Land's talk will be followed by a panel discussion with community experts and individuals with lived experience to discuss topics brought up in the memoir. There will be panels at both Walter Hall and Athens High School(opens in a new window), and a virtual viewing option will be available. Scroll down for panelist information.