A National Conference
Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 | 9:00am – 4:30pm
The Newseum Knight Conference Center, Washington, D.C.
By Invitation Only
Fifty years ago, Michael Harrington's classic exposé The Other America shed light on widespread poverty in the United States and helped pave the way for reforms that have improved the lives of millions of Americans. But with millions of people still living below the poverty line even before the latest recession hit, inequality rising, and millions out of work, there is much more to do.
Join us for a national conference on U.S. poverty in the 21st Century. Leading researchers, practitioners, and journalists will assess how economic and policy trends are affecting poverty today, and will discuss promising new policies and strategies for lifting and keeping Americans out of poverty. We will probe what low wages, low job growth, demographic and cultural trends, and budget-cutting plans mean for Americans trying to move into the middle class.
Panel 1: "What Have We Learned about Poverty in America in the past 50 years?"
Angela Blackwell, PolicyLink
Peter Edelman, Georgetown University
Kathryn Edin, Harvard University
Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution
Panel 2: "The Economy and Poverty: Addressing the Labor Market"
Eugene Steuerle, Urban Institute
Harry Holzer, Georgetown University
Sarita Gupta, Jobs with Justice
Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute
Lunch Panel: "Poverty and the Austerity Debate"
Robert Bixby, Concord Coalition
John Carr, US Conference of Bishops
Robert Greenstein, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Panel 3: "Work Supports and the Safety Net"
Ambassador Eric Bost, Former USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
Olivia Golden, Urban Institute
David Jones, Community Service Society
LaDonna Pavetti, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Panel 4: "Education and Skills Development: Early Interventions, K-12 and Postsecondary Education"
WAMU, D.C. NPR
Paul Osterman, MIT
Jane Hannaway, American Institutes for Research
Larry Aber, New York University
Wendell Hall, Institute for Higher Education Policy