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Are Americans Living the Good Life -- or Not?

Washington Post journalist Brigid Schulte to discuss time pressure and modern life

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Award-winning journalist and longtime Washington Post reporter   Brigid Schulte -- who writes about work-life and poverty issues -- will be the keynote speaker during an off-campus event presented by Family Action Network (FAN), in partnership with the Women’s Center at Northwestern University and other North Shore institutions and groups.

Free and open to the public and suitable for all ages, Schulte’s 7 p.m. Monday, May 11 talk “Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time,” will take place at New Trier High School’s Gaffney Auditorium, 385 Winnetka Ave., in Winnetka.

Parking for the event is available at the Metro lot at the corner of Winnetka Ave. and Green Bay Road. For more information, visit

The title of Schulte’s May talk is based on her 2014 book of the same title, which she wrote after a time-use researcher told her that she had 30 hours of leisure time a week.

To gather material for the book, which was named one of the Washington Post’s 50 notable nonfiction books of the year, the married, working mother of two, traveled the world for two years interviewing time researchers, corporate management, gurus, parents, meditation teachers, psychologists, sociologists, neuroscientists, anthropologists and government officials, in an attempt to learn if it is possible for working parents in America to ever find leisure time.

Schulte’s mission is to investigate what it takes to live “the good life” across race, class and gender. She also seeks answers to questions such as: Why do Americans work such long hours? How come a minimum wage salary can’t cover the cost of a two-bedroom apartment anywhere? Why is child care so expensive and hard to find? Why are fathers now more harried than mothers? Why don’t Americans take vacation? And why do they bring work along if they do?

Schulte is a regular contributor to the Washington Post’s She The People blog and has written for Style, Outlook and the Washington Post magazine and other media outlets. For more on Schulte, visit

Her May 11 talk at New Trier High School is sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN) in partnership with Baker Demonstration School, Glencoe District 35, North Shore Country Day School, Science and Arts Academy, and the Women’s Center at Northwestern University.

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