March 28, 2007

SIUC to host NPR commentator Alfred Lubrano

by Philip Ho

CARBONDALE, Ill. —National Public Radio commentator Alfred Lubrano will visit Southern Illinois University Carbondale to deliver the Charles D. Tenney lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Student Center Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow his talk. The events are free and open to the public.

The University Honors Program sponsors the Tenney Distinguished Lectures. Tenney served as the University's provost and vice president from 1952 to 1971.


Media Advisory

Reporters, camera crews and photographers may meet with Alfred Lubrano at 3 p.m. on April 10 in the Ohio Room of the SIUC Student Center. For more information, contact the University Honors Program at 618/453-2824.


  • Lubrano will discuss his latest book, "Limbo: Blue Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams," which focuses on white-collar children of blue-collar parents. Lubrano sheds light on the predicament of some 13 million Americans who attempt to reconcile their blue-collar upbringing with their white-collar experiences as adults.

A graduate of Columbia University, Lubrano is a feature writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and an essayist for NPR. His work has been anthologized in five college-level textbooks and collected in the books "Sons on Fathers" and "Best Newspaper Writing, 1995."

He is the recipient of the Sidney Hillman National Prize for reporting on social justice, the Columbia University Tobenkin Award for reporting that combats racism and the American Society of Newspaper Editors Award.