POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — In his upcoming talk, "We Can't Eat Prestige," photographer, author, and Harvard University graduate Greg Halpern will discuss the successful living wage campaign for Harvard's lowest paid workers, the subject of his recent book, Harvard Works Because We Do. Halpern will speak at Vassar on Monday, November 21, 2005, at 5:30 p.m., in the Villard Room of the College Center, and this event is free and open to the public.
In April 2001, Halpern joined in the successful Harvard student protests to improve the low wages paid to the university's custodians, security guards, dishwashers, and other service workers. At the time, the university's endowment had tripled to $18.2 billion.
Harvard Works Because We Do was called " … emotionally and skillfully direct" by The New York Times Book Review, and combines photographs with first-person statements to describe the lives of Harvard workers. "You want to know about regular working stiffs? You want to know what I do?", said one subject of Halpern's book, "I unloaded from a truck probably every book you ever read at Harvard."
Halpern has exhibited his work at the Jack Hanley Gallery, in San Fransisco, as well as at Harvard University, New York University and the California College of the Arts. Among his honors, he was a Selected Photographer for the 2005 publication American Photography 21, and a 2004 nominee for the prestigious Infinity Award, offered by the International Center for Photography.
For more information, please call Lori McElduff, administrative assistant in the American Culture program, at (845) 437-7485. Co-sponsors for Greg Halpern's talk include the Vassar programs in American Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin America and Latina/o Studies, and Media Studies, and the Vassar College locals of the Communication Workers of America and the Service Employees International Union. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities, at (845) 437-5370.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.