RIT Hosts Ellen Ruppel Shell, Award-Winning Journalist and Author of Cheap

Leading figure in study of science and society discusses America’s low cost culture

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Ellen Ruppel Shell, an editor and correspondent for The Atlantic and author of Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture, discusses the impact of America’s obsession with low cost goods and services on our economy and society during an upcoming visit to Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ruppel Shell, who also serves as a professor and director of the graduate program in science journalism at Boston University, will speak at 4 p.m. this Thursday in room A205 in the College of Liberal Arts Building on the RIT campus. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a book signing and reception.

The event is sponsored by the RIT Department of Science Technology and Society/Public Policy; the RIT Department of Communication; the RIT Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the College of Liberal Arts Honors Program.

Ellen Ruppel Shell has spent over two decades as a journalist and writer and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times and Technology Review among others. In addition to Cheap, she is also the author of the books The Hungry Gene and A Child’s Place. She was named a finalist for the National Magazine Award and served as a Vannevar Bush Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.