‘Janesville: an American story’.

What really happens to workers, families and a community when good jobs go away?


Come hear the story of one small, proud city in the American heartland that lost the United States’ oldest operating General Motors assembly plant two days before Christmas in the midst of the Great Recession – and the lessons it offers about economic pain and resilience.


Amy Goldstein (@goldsteinamy) has been a staff writer for thirty years at The Washington Post, where much of her work has focused on social policy. She currently is The Post’s national health-care policy writer. She has been a White House reporter and has covered many notable news events, from the Monica Lewinsky scandal to five of the past six Supreme Court nominations.


Goldstein was part of a team of Washington Post reporters awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for the newspaper’s coverage of 9-11 and the government’s response to the attacks. She was a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting for an investigative series she co-wrote on the medical treatment of immigrants detained by the U.S. government. She has been a fellow at Harvard University at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Janesville: An American Story is her first book.


Peter Trubowitz (@ptrubowitz) is Department Head of International Relations and Director of the US Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs.


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