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Carolina Grad Student F1RSTS Lunch and Learn Book Club – Limbo: From Blue Collar Roots to White Collar Dreams

Thursday, June 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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One event on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Join us for a 2-Part Lunch and Learn Series Book Club Discussion on Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams by Alfred Lubrano.

A limited number of books are available to borrow–just email Maria Erb at to reserve a book and make arrangements for pick-up at the Grad Student Center.

Part 1:  Thursday, June 7, 2018 Register here:

Part 2: Thursday, July 12, 2018 Register here:


In Limbo, award-winning journalist Alfred Lubrano identifies and describes an overlooked cultural phenomenon: the internal conflict within individuals raised in blue-collar homes, now living white-collar lives. These people often find that the values of the working class are not sufficient guidance to navigate the white-collar world, where unspoken rules reflect primarily upper-class values. Torn between the world they were raised in and the life they aspire too, they hover between worlds, not quite accepted in either. Himself the son of a Brooklyn bricklayer, Lubrano informs his account with personal experience and interviews with other professionals living in limbo. For millions of Americans, these stories will serve as familiar reminders of the struggles of achieving the American Dream.


Thursday, June 7, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Graduate Student Center
211A West Cameron Ave.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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