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"No Billionaire Left Behind" author talk at Alexander Library, Wed June 18

May 28, 2014
Cover of "No Billionaire Left Behind"

Cover of "No Billionaire Left Behind"

Angelique Haugerud, associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers

Angelique Haugerud, associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers

If you are concerned about growing economic inequality, corporate influence in politics, and an eroding middle class in America, you’ll want to read No Billionaire Left Behind - a new book that demonstrates how satirical activism can bring public attention to these critical issues.  

The Rutgers University Libraries and the Rutgers-New Brunswick Summer Session office invite you to meet Rutgers professor Angelique Haugerud, author of No Billionaire Left Behind, who will talk about the book and read selections from it on Wednesday June 18th from 4:00 – 5:30 pm in the Pane Room, on the first floor of Alexander Library. A light reception will follow the talk.

No Billionaire Left Behind, published by Stanford University Press, is a compelling investigation into how satirical activists tackle two of the most contentious topics in contemporary American political culture: the increasingly profound division of wealth in America, and the role of big money in electoral politics. Angelique Haugerud deftly charts the evolution of a group named the Billionaires—a prominent network of satirists and activists who make a mockery of wealth in America—along with other satirical groups and figures to puzzle out their impact on politics and public opinion. In the spirit of popular programs like The Colbert Report and The Daily Show, the Billionaires demonstrate a sophisticated knowledge of economics and public affairs through the lens of satire and humor.

In No Billionaire Left Behind, Angelique Haugerud, who embedded herself within the "Billionaires" and was granted the name "Ivana Itall," explores the inner workings of these faux billionaires and mines the depths of democracy's relationship to political humor, satire, and irony. Through participant observation, interviews, and archival research, Haugerud provides the first ethnographic study of the power and limitations of this evolving form of political organizing in this witty exploration of one group's efforts to raise hope and inspire action in America's current political climate.

Angelique Haugerud is associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University and editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal American Ethnologist.  She has extensive research experience in the United States and East Africa and is a specialist in political and economic anthropology, cultural politics, and globalization. She is author and co-editor of several books and co-producer of the short documentary "No Billionaire Left Behind".

For more information on this event, please contact the Libraries Administration office at 848-932-7505. To make a reservation to attend, please send an email to events@rulmail.rutgers.edu

For directions to Rutgers' College Ave. Campus in New Brunswick, see: http://nb.rutgers.edu/visit-us/directions-rutgers-new-brunswick
To locate the Alexander Library on the College Ave. Campus, use the map on this page: http://rumaps.rutgers.edu/location/alexander-library

To read reviews of No Billionaire Left Behind, see: http://www.sup.org/book.cgi?id=21675