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Swimming Upstream: Race, Place and the Problem of Persistent Poverty in America

Date: 2/23/2011
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

Nearly half of all children born into poverty will be persistently poor, meaning they will be poor for at least half of their childhoods. From birth, their socioeconomic status will determine, in part, the neighborhood in which they live, the food they eat, the education they receive and whether or not they will be poor as adults. Studies show that 20 percent of children born into poverty will spend a significant amoung of their early adulthood in poverty as well.

As adults, the persistently poor receive less than 65 percent of their total income as wages, accumulate fewer assets and rely heavily on social safety nets to make end meet. As the economy continues to shift toward high-skilled labor and cuts to social programs increase, there is a greater need to better understand the problems and challenges of overcoming persistent poverty in America.

Join expert panelists from across the country as we discuss current anti-poverty measures and public policies, structural and institutional barriers to economic security and mobility, and the impact of labor segmentation and chronic unemployment on persistent poverty.


Linda Harris, Director of Youth Policy, CLASP
Kate Kahan, Legislative Director, Center for Community Change
Bhash Mazumder, PhD, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Ronald Mincy, PhD, Professor of Social Policy, Columbia University School of Social Work
Kristin Morse, Director of Programs and Evaluation, NYC Center for Economic Opportunity


Darrick Hamilton, PhD, Associate Professor, Milano - The New School for Management and Urban Policy