by Alissa Quart Brianne Bolin has taught English at Columbia College in Chicago for 10 years. She also often buys her groceries with food stamps. She is on Medicaid. Perhaps worst of all, she lives with constant uncertainty about how much work she’ll have in the following semester, as classes can be added or taken away without her say. At the end of last year, however, Bolin got an unexpected break. After I wrote an article about her for Elle magazine, strangers began to send her donations. They flooded her, arriving via email, in her faculty mailbox, and at the college’s address. […]
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