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April 7, 2017  RSS feed

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Author to discuss poverty: ‘Underside of American Dream’

Sasha Abramsky Sasha Abramsky Author and journalist Sasha Abramsky will speak on “The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives,” based on his book of the same name, on Sunday, April 30 at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg.

Abramsky’s talk is part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Series at the temple. The event, which will be held from 5- 8 p.m., and includes a light dinner, is free and open to the public.

Abramsky says he has always been fascinated by “the road bumps to the American Dream and investigating what he calls “the underside of the American Dream.”

In 2011, Abramsky started the Voices of Poverty project, a narrative of America’s poor. He offered people the opportunity to share their story on the project’s website and conducted personal interviews. His 2014 book, The American Way of Poverty, is an outgrowth of that project.

Abramsky delves into the stories of the people around the country who are struggling to survive, describing the shattered lives behind the often overwhelming poverty statistics. In telling these stories, Abramsky hopes to give voice to these people, whom society has done everything possible to ignore.

Besides poverty, Abramsky’s books have also included explorations of hunger, the criminal justice system and prisons. Later this year, he is set to publish his ninth book, entitled Jumping at Shadows: The Triumph of Fear and the End of the American Dream.

Born in England, Abramsky studied at Balliol College, Oxford, and at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Sacramento, CA, and teaches in the writing program at the University of California, Davis.

The lecture series is named in honor of Leif Nissen, son of Karen Libberman and Bruce Nissen, who was dedicated to social justice issues. Leif Nissen died in 2008 at age 28.

The event is put on in partnership between the temple, League of Women Voters, USF-St. Petersburg, Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater and Unitarian Universalists of St. Petersburg.

For more information, contact Robin Warren at or the temple at (727) 347-6136. Temple Beth-El is at 400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg.

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