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Jodie Kirshner Awarded Tillie Olsen Award

The Working-Class Studies Association (WCSA) honored Research Professor Jodie Kirshner with the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing for her book, Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises. In recognizing Kirshner with the award, the WCSA judges noted:

Without succumbing to a single point of view, Jodie Adams Kirshner brings together a wide cast of those most affected and thereby opens the case of and for Detroit and our other large cities suffering financial strain. This is a book is worth reading for its essential story as well as its eloquence of style.

Kirshner’s book was also selected as a 2020 Michigan Notable Book and was the subject of an interview with Tim Gleisner, Manager of Special Collections for the Library of Michigan.

As part of her continued effort to promote economic mobility, Kirshner recently wrote a piece for the Salzburg Global Seminar’s Salzburg Questions for Corporate Governance series, exploring companies’ responses to worker concerns amid COVID-19.

In the pandemic, self-plundered corporations’ need to steady profits, translated into employee recalls, has helped percolate the virus through American communities where working people live…. Though workers’ safety could reduce outbreaks and, in turn, improve the wider economy, corporate greed had left workers exposed and their employers with fewer resources to withstand the COVID-19 trail of sickness and death.

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