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Privilege and Poverty

A digital display of fiction, non-fiction, and other representations of privilege, poverty, and inequality.


Welcome! In conjunction with The Center for Community Engagement's Privilege & Poverty Cluster, Middlebury Libraries have put together this digital display showcasing a number of representations of privilege, poverty, and inequality. These works include fiction, non-fiction, plays, graphic novels, film, television, podcasts, and music. Many of these works can be found in the library's collections - search in MIDCAT or LibrarySearch to find them!

The Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster

The Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster at Middlebury is a curricular initiative that brings together faculty, students, and staff interested in studying economic inequality -- its causes, its effects on human communities and the environment, and even the language with which we talk about the “privileged” and the “poor.” The intention of the Privilege & Poverty LibGuide is to make interacting with the Cluster more accessible and engaging for students. The narrative quality of music, literature, and film will help students develop a more nuanced understanding of the “lived” experience of poverty and inequality. For more information, explore go/privnpov/.


The resources in this guide were curated by Rachel Roseman, who is an AmeriCorps VISTA Member working to support poverty alleviation initiatives through the Center for Community Engagement, and working closely with the Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster.

Further curatorial and guide development assistance came from Ryan Clement, Data Services Librarian; Leanne Galletly, UX & Digital Scholarship Librarian; and Katrina Spencer, Literatures & Cultures Librarian.