The Road to ‘Nomadland’

Tuesday, October 26, 6:30pm-7:30pm Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor

To report her New York Times Best Seller “Nomadland,” Jessica Bruder spent months living in a camper van, documenting itinerant Americans who gave up traditional housing and hit the road full time, enabling them to travel from job to job and carve out a place  in our precarious economy. The project spanned three years and more than 15,000 miles of driving — from coast to coast and from Mexico to the Canadian border. Now “Nomadland” has been turned into an eponymous, Oscar-nominated film starring Frances McDormand. Bruder, who is a Columbia Journalism School adjunct professor and graduate, will talk with Professor Dale Maharidge about her work.

Jessica Bruder has been teaching narrative storytelling at Columbia Journalism School and contributing to The New York Times for more than a decade. Her previous books are “Burning Book” and, with Dale Maharidge, “Snowden’s Box.” She has also written for publications including New York Magazine, WIRED, Harper’s Magazine, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times Magazine and The Guardian. She was a 2020 New America fellow and has held residencies at the Bellagio Center, the Logan Nonfiction Program, MacDowell and Yaddo.

Please note: This event is hybrid. CJS students and faculty in person in the Lecture Hall. All others via Zoom. This talk is mandatory for MS students in person. Questions? Please contact Julie Pozo-Cepeda,