Community Invited to Lunch Seminar with Gender Equality Researcher Dr. Marianne Cooper March 4

Marianne Cooper, Ph.D., the lead researcher of the bestseller, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” will return to Joliet this year to discuss her new book, “Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure Times” on March 4 at Joliet Junior College.

The lunch event, which is open to the public, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the U-Building on the JJC Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

Marianne Cooper, Ph.D.

Sponsored by ExxonMobil in partnership with Joliet Junior College and Joliet Township High School, Cooper, a sociologist for Gender Research at Stanford University, will return March 4, 2015 nearly one year after her sold-out local event last spring.

Cooper’s latest book, “Cut Adrift,” makes an important and original contribution to the national conversation about inequality and risk in American society. Set against the backdrop of rising economic insecurity and rolled-up safety nets, Cooper’s probing analysis explores what keeps Americans up at night as she provides a glimpse into the lives of five families facing economic pressure.

In addition to being a writer and researcher, Cooper is also a core team member of the Clayman Institute’s Voice and Influence program. Cooper received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Cost to attend the lunch is $22 per person, and attendees can register and reserve their spot at Seating is limited, so attendees are encouraged to reserve spots soon. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

For more information about the event, contact JJC Director of Communications Kelly Rohder at (815) 280-2915 or

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