An Evening with Author Brian Alexander
Thursday, Feb. 16
Psychology Building, Room 35
1835 Neil Ave.
The Department of Sociology presents an evening with Brian Alexander, author of Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town. Alexander’s book chronicles the struggles of Lancaster, Ohio, following the closure of the Anchor Hocking Glass plant. With access to the company and its leaders, Alexander shows how financial engineering contributed to the closure of the plant. He goes behind the scenes with residents as they wrestle with heroin, politics, high-interest lenders and low wage jobs to chronicle the devastating consequences of the plant’s closure.
Alexander has written about American culture for decades. His story of one Ohio town shows how seeds sown 35 years ago have given rise to inequality and an eroding national cohesion.A former contributing editor to Wired magazine, Alexander grew up in Lancaster, with a family history in the glass business.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP required.