The University of New Mexico Office of Student Academic Success hosts David Shipler, author of “The Working Poor: Invisible in America,” in a Lobo Reading Experience event, Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Wednesday, Oct. 16. Light refreshments will be provided.

Shipler’s book examines the lives of individual store clerks, factory workers, farm laborers, sweat-shop seamstresses and illegal immigrants in menial jobs as part of his in depth exploration into America’s poor.

On Tuesday from 3 - 4:30 p.m., Shipler engages in a seven member panel discussion on poverty in America in the Mesa Vista Hall foyer.

Panelists include Gene Grant, moderator; Hakim Bellamy, Albuquerque poet laureate; Veronica Garcia, executive director for New Mexico Voices for Children; N.M. Senator Jacob Candelaria; Jenny Metzler, executive director for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless; Sovereign Hager, staff attorney for the Center for Law and Poverty and Richard Santos, professor of economics.

On Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the SUB Ballrooms, Shipler continues the discourse on poverty followed by performances from Lobo Slam, Ghetto Blast, Precept and more.

The Lobo Reading Experience was created as a common academic reading program at UNM. The program fosters a sense of community, promoting reading in a campus and citywide literacy effort. For more information, visit: or call (505) 277-7000.

Co-sponsors include Office of the Provost, Writing across Curriculum, the English department, Division of Student Affairs, College Enrichment Program, Graduate Resource Center, Division for Equity and Inclusion, University Advisement Administration, Dean of Students, University College Enrollment Management and Introductory Studies.