Tackling T.I.N.A. is a Literature and Social Justice project entering its second year. At the most basic level, Tackling T.I.N.A. is a public reading group that broadens participants’ understanding of economic justice and prepares us to imagine more equitable alternatives to our current economic systems using a combination of fiction, ethnography, creative nonfiction, and popular theory.

The reading group is unique in its effort to partner with the local community for all of our programming. We invite local experts (directors of NGOs, activists, community leaders, long-term area residents, etc.) to lead each discussion. This year, we will also be moving the discussions off campus to make the meetings more accessible to South Bethlehem residents.

Moving forward, Tackling T.I.N.A. is planning to apply for grants to establish long-term partnerships with local social justice organizations, allowing participants to engage directly with the most pressing economic challenges in the Lehigh Valley. If you work for an organization interested in partnering with us on an economic justice project, we want to hear about it!

Our capacity to achieves these goals will depend greatly on the amount of support we receive from the English Department, Lehigh University, and the community. If you’d like to get involved with Tackling T.I.N.A., please reach out to Adam Heidebrink-Bruno at adh216@lehigh.edu.


Tackling T.I.N.A. takes its name from one of the most prominent myths about contemporary capitalism: “There Is No Alternative.” As a powerful controlling image, this proposition stifles efforts to organize against economic injustice by directing the public imagination away from alternative models of finance, ownership, labor, and management. Tackling T.I.N.A. challenges this narrative by recognizing the complex and hybrid structure of today’s economies and identifying the many economic alternatives already practiced here and now (such as cooperative housing, communal living, land banks, community land trusts, and community investment funds).

We hope you will join us in this important undertaking. Check out the different ways you can get involved in this project, explore our reading archives, or contact us to learn. We will meet three times throughout Fall 2018 where we will read provocative texts and discuss just economic alternatives. Check out our Schedule of events here.

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