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May 12, 2011
Nothing to Lose But Your Cubicles
University Press Books
May 12, 2011
6.00pm - 7.30pm
University Press Books
2430 Bancroft Way (between Telegraph & Dana)
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
Ross Perlin discusses his new book Intern Nation: How to Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy

University Press Books, Verso Books and the 2430 Arts Alliance invite you to join Ross Perlin for a reading and discussion of his new book, Intern Nation.

"Picture unsorted mail forming menacing towers; websites, newsletters, and contact lists growing increasingly out of date. No one to get coffee, make Xeroxes, or run errands, but also no one to be mentored, no one to cover vital work during staff vacations, and no one with timid, bright ideas about reaching the youth demographic. The magic of Disney World would become a nightmare, and the iPod assembly lines of Foxconn would grind to a halt. Capitol Hill would grow hushed, as junior staffers took up administrative tasks and a slower pace of work set in. Nonprofits would make hard choices, focusing on core programs and pondering necessary hires. Companies would bring in temps and ask employees to put in overtime; eventually, some might even go out of business or never get off the ground. A general strike of all interns would show all that they contribute for the first time. Bringing a delicious, low-level chaos to the world's work, it would demonstrate forcefully just how much intern labor now sustains a wide array of industries and offices."

—From the chapter "Nothing to Lose But Your Cubicles" in Intern Nation.