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Arlie Russell Hochschild, Professor Emerita of Sociology at University of California, Berkeley and author of Pomona College's orientation book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, speaks about how to cultivate the listening skills needed to understand and empathize with differing political views. This event is free and open to the public.

Hochschild established her reputation as one of the leading sociologists in the U.S. through her work on human emotions and their social framework. She is the author of many books, including The Unexpected Community; The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling; The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work; The Commercialization of Intimate Life: Notes from Home and Work; So How's the Family? and Other Essays; and The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times. Her 1989 book Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home (co-authored with Anne Machung) coined the term now used widely to talk about working women's labor in the home.

About Strangers in Their Own Land:

"If the great political question of our time can be summarized in the two words, 'Donald Trump,' the answer is to be found in [this] brilliant new book. Hochschild, an eminent sociologist with a novelist's storytelling skill, has crafted an absorbing tale full of richly drawn, complicated characters who come bearing their own fascinating histories. Together they offer a compelling and lucid portrait of what had seemed a bewildering political moment."  - Mark Danner, author of Spiral: Trapped in Forever War

"In her attempt to climb over the 'empathy wall' and truly understand the emotional lives of her political adversaries, Hochschild gives us a vital roadmap to bridging the deep divides in our political landscape and renewing the promise of American democracy." - Joan Blades, co-founder of, and

This lecture is part of Free Speech in a Dangerous World, a series exploring the relationship between free speech on campus and diversity and inclusion across disciplines and contexts. Presenting different viewpoints and global perspectives, the series examines the central goals of liberal education, including fostering difficult dialogues, academic freedom, and promoting diversity and inclusive excellence.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:00 pm
  • Pomona College
  • Bridges Hall of Music
  • 150 E. Fourth Street
General Public
Pomona Alumni
Pomona Faculty and Staff
Pomona Families
Pomona Students
Claremont Colleges Community