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WAGE to Sponsor Screening of
'People Like Us: Social Class in America'

RELEASED: Oct. 12, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — A film screening and discussion sponsored by the Women's and Gender Equity Center is slated for Thursday, Oct. 26, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The film, titled "People Like Us: Social Class in America," will screen at 4 p.m. and the discussion, led by lecturer Barbara Kernan, will immediately follow the film in Hibbard Hall 102.

Kernan is a lecturer in the women's studies and English departments. She is currently writing about Edith Wharton's fiction, and her interest in architecture and interior design, and she has studied the importance of artifacts as clues to class and gender issues.

The PBS film looks at how social class determines opportunity just as much as race or ethnicity does. According to its Web site, the film serves as a catalyst for discussion of issues of class that affect the country economically, socially and psychologically, and it poses questions about self-perception, expectations and the way Americans classify each other.

"We also want to believe that there is no real class division in America; or that if there is, it is only temporary until we work hard enough to join the ubiquitous middle class," Kernan said. "The film explores how race, income, careers and education affect our place in the hierarchy."

For more information, contact WAGE at 715-836-2693 or at wage@uwec.edu.

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