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Poverty, Inequity, and Disparity (series)
The United States is a wealthy country, so why are 38 million Americans, including one out of every six of our children, living in poverty? Is poverty inevitable, or is it the result of economic and political decisions that we have made, and continue to make? This series will provide insight into the history and possible alternatives for the future of those who do not share in our country’s obvious prosperity. We will examine the issue from the viewpoints of economics, sociology, and political science. We will also hear from experts in the fields of housing, education, and health care. We hope to come to an understanding of both the causes of, and workable solutions to, a problem which causes such suffering and prevents our nation from reaching its full potential. This event includes all six lectures in the Thursday Morning Lecture Series titled: September 10, 2020, 10:00-11:30am Poverty: Causes, Consequences, and Cures Speaker: Professor Charles L. Ballard Charles Ballard has been on the Economics faculty at Michigan State University since 1983, when he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. In 2007, he was selected as the Outstanding Teacher in MSU’s College of Social Science. He has consulted with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and with research institutes in Australia, Denmark, and Finland. His books include Michigan at the Millennium and Michigan’s Economic Future. Speaker’s Synopsis: Professor Ballard will discuss poverty, with special emphasis on poverty in the United States. He will discuss problems in the measurement of poverty, and lay out the facts of poverty in America in recent decades. He will describe past political decisions that exacerbated US poverty. Finally, he will outline political and economic policies that could help eliminate poverty, and the political changes necessary for those policies to be enacted. September 17, 2020, 10:00-11:30am The Questions We Don’t Know to Ask: Studying Poverty in 21st Century America Speaker: Professor H. Luke Shaefer, Ph.D. Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor and Director of Poverty Solutions H. Luke Shaefer is the Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy, Professor of Public Policy and Social Work, and Director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan. Speaker’s Synopsis: Shaefer will present on the work of Poverty Solutions, a University of Michigan presidential initiative that partners scholars with communities to find new ways to prevent and alleviate poverty, stressing the initiative’s systems-level approach to addressing poverty. September 24, 2020, 10:00-11:30am Access and Equity in US School Systems Speaker: Dr. Simona Goldin Simona Goldin teaches about the sociology, history, and policy of schooling in the United States, at the University of Michigan’s School of Education. She has studied ways to transform the preparation of beginning teachers to teach in more equitable ways, and has elaborated the teaching practices that bridge children’s work in schools on academic content with their home and community-based experiences. Speaker’s Synopsis: We will investigate what happens to students’ aspirations and goals from the start of middle school until college graduation, looking in particular at how these trajectories are impacted by socio-economic factors (SES). We will study the socially constructed barriers that obstruct access to opportunities for lower SES students and the opportunities and supports that are, conversely, offered to higher SES students. Examining the systemic nature of these will help to illuminate the fallacy of the idea of a meritocratic system. We will investigate data, and strategize about what can be done to make good on the promises we make to our nation’s students about what and who they can be. We will orient our work toward finding strategies to address systems of oppression and privilege that structure education opportunities. October 1, 2020, 10:00-11:30am The Short-Term and Long-Term Impacts of Health Care Access for Low Income Americans Speaker: Dr. Sarah Miller Dr. Miller received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois in 2012. She joined the University of Michigan in 2014 after being an economics professor at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Miller is currently a professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Her work examines the effect of health care policies on economic and health outcomes. Speaker’s Synopsis: Over the past 50 years, the United States has implemented policies to improve access to health care for low-income adults and children, including through the Medicaid program and, most recently, the Affordable Care Act. The recent COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of such care access, not only for beneficiaries themselves, but for public health within our communities. To what extent have these policies been successful in improving access to care, and what are the implications of these policies for the health of our most vulnerable residents in the future? October 8, 2020, 10:00-11:30am Building and Preserving Affordable Housing in the United States: Federal Resources and Local Efforts Speaker: Lan Deng, Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning Lan Deng is an Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. She studies housing and real estate development in both the U.S. and China. In both countries she has conducted extensive research to examine the different types of interventions directed towards housing and real estate development. Her research seeks to examine the outcomes of these interventions and how they were shaped by both market forces as well as institutional choices. Speaker’s Synopsis: In the United States only one out of every four eligible low-income households is able to live in a subsidized housing unit. This limited supply of affordable housing is also shrinking. This talk will first provide an overview of the major federal affordable housing programs. Using Detroit as an example, it will then examine the recent efforts of producing and preserving affordable housing under the country’s largest affordable housing production program, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. October 15, 2020, 10:00-11:30am From the Edge of the Ghetto: The Quest of Small City African-Americans to Survive Post-Industrialism Speaker: Alford Young Jr., Ph.D., Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Sociology, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Public Policy Professor Young attended Wesleyan University (BA) and the University of Chicago (MA and Ph.D.). His research generally focuses on low-income African American men. He is a former Chair of Michigan’s Sociology Department, and he serves as Associate Director of Michigan’s Center for Social Solutions and Faculty Director of Scholar Engagement and Leadership at Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity. He has published The Minds of Marginalized Black Men and Are Black Men Doomed? Speaker’s Synopsis: This presentation uncovers perspectives about work and work opportunity held by socio-economically disadvantaged African Americans residing in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a declining “single-industry” town. In exploring their worldviews, this presentation elucidates how their thinking results from being caught between a traditional industrialism that is in decline and a proliferating post-industrialism exemplified by the neighboring city of Ann Arbor. It concludes with an illustration of how race, class, and gender factor into their thinking.
Event Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Category : Series 1 - Poverty, Inequity, and Disparity
Date(s) : 09/10/2020 - 10/15/2020
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 10:00-11:30AM
Location : Online
Fee : $35.00
Event Status : OPEN