WAMC Features Gilbert on Academic Minute
Reading Focuses on Definition of Middle Class
By Vige Barrie
Contact: Dennis Gilbert
March 5, 2012
WAMC/Northeast Public Radio in Albany will feature a reading by Professor of Sociology Dennis Gilbert on Monday, March 5, as part of the public radio station’s Academic Minute. During his reading, Gilbert examines exactly who is considered middle class, pointing out that there are many definitions.
“ Mitt Romney says his economic plan was designed for the middle class. Barack Obama wants to ‘put money in the pockets’ of the middle class,” said Gilbert. “Politicians of both parties present themselves as champions of the middle class. But who are they talking about? Who’s middle class?”
Academic Minute can be heard on many other public radio stations across the nation and is featured daily on InsideHigherEd.com. The program airs each weekday at 7:37 a.m. and 3:56 p.m. on 90.3 FM in the Clinton area.
According to WAMC’s website, the Academic Minute program “The Academic Minute features professors from top institutions around the world, delving into topics from the serious to the light-hearted, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy. WAMC is a regional public radio network serving parts of seven northeastern states. These include New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. Among the other colleges and universities that have participated in this program are Williams, Amherst, Middlebury, Mt. Holyoke, University of Texas, University of California Berkeley, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Skidmore, Duke, Rensselaer and Vassar.