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Arlie Hochschild

Strangers in Their Own Land: Challenges Climbing the “Empathy Wall”: Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture featuring Arlie Hochschild

Lecture | October 11 | 4:10 p.m. | International House, Chevron Auditorium


Arlie Hochschild, Professor of the Graduate School, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley

Graduate Division


Arlie Hochschild will present the Moses lecture on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. The lecture, entitled Strangers in Their Own Land: Challenges Climbing the “Empathy Wall”, will be held in the Chevron Auditorium of International House and is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

About Arlie Hochschild

Arlie Hochschild’s most recent work explores the experiences, beliefs, and “deep story” of the American Right. Her book Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right (2016), is based on five years of research in Louisiana’s oil and petrochemical belt where she interviewed Tea Party enthusiasts. She surveys the rise and the attitudes of the American South in the face of the 2016 Presidential Election. The book was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award.

Hochschild’s nine books include: So How’s the Family?: And Other Essays (2013), The Outsourced Self: Intimate Life in Market Times (2012), and Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy (2002). Her publications have been translated into 16 languages, and her work has contributed to efforts in global feminist community programs. She’s also written a children’s story, Coleen, the Question Girl (1974).

Hochschild has held positions at the University of California, Berkeley since 1971, and became a Professor of the Graduate School in 2006. She received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Division of Social Sciences from UC Berkeley in 2001. She has also received the Ulysses Medal from the University of Dublin, Ireland as well as Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Mellon Awards.

About the Lecture

In this talk, Professor Hochschild describes her journey from her own liberal cultural enclave to a conservative one. She describes her choice of research site, her effort to remove her own political alarm system, and during five years of research, to climb over what she calls an “empathy wall.” She will focus on her concept of the “deep story” – a version of which underlies all political belief, she argues, and will end with the possibilities of finding common ground across the political divide.


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lectures@berkeley.edu, 510-643-7413