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Virtual program on the Gentrification of Rural Washinton

NCW Libraries is partnering with Humanities Washington to offer the live, virtual program Diamonds in the Rough: The Gentrification of Rural Washington.

The free program will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and held on the Zoom platform. 

Jennifer Sherman, professor of sociology at Washington State University, will discuss the glaring and hidden effects of rapid change in Washington's rural communities. Formerly reliant on working-class industries like mining, oil and agriculture, an influx of wealthy urbanites is looking for a different experience that includes natural amenities, outdoor recreation, and cultural activities, creating new social class inequalities. Sherman advocates for getting to know the neighbors who are least like us so we can minimize destructive social divides.

Sherman is the author of two books, most recently publishing Dividing Paradise: Rural Inequality and the Diminishing American Dream, and was coeditor of Rural Poverty in the United States.  

Register for this event at Click on News & Events and find it on the events calendar. A Zoom link will be sent by email.


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