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The Forgotten Americans: Navigating the Tightrope

Tuesday, October 6 at 6:30pm

Virtual Event

The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in Portland, Online News Association - Portland and Society of Professional Journalists Oregon Territory Chapter cordially invite you to join Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof for "The Forgotten Americans: Navigating the Tightrope," at 6:30 p.m. PDT Oct. 6, 2020.

Kristof's newest book, "Tightrope: Americans Reaching For Hope," cowritten with Sheryl WuDunn, was released in January of this year. It chronicles the lives of people in rural Yamhill, Oregon -- Kristof's hometown. Kristof documented the way communities are struggling to stay afloat amid stagnant wages, weak education and a lack of health care -- problems brought into even starker relief by the COVID-19 pandemic and wildfires that have devastated communities up and down the west coast, including some Oregon towns deemed "a total loss."

Kristof will talk with veteran journalist and Portland State communications professor George Rede about what rural communities are facing in 2020 -- and where we can look for hope in unprecedented dark times.

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