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Top Experts Will Debate Poverty Causes and Solutions in April 1 Event

A pair of nationally recognized experts will debate solutions to the problem of poverty in an event sponsored by the Pomona Student Union. NYU's Lawrence Mead and University of Michigan’s Sheldon Danziger will debate the causes of and appropriate policies for addressing poverty at noon on April 1 in Pomona College’s Frank Dining Hall Blue Room, 260 East Bonita Avenue, Claremont. There is no charge to attend.

Since 1979, Mead has been a professor of politics at New York University, where he teaches public policy and American government. He has also been a visiting professor at Harvard and  Princeton, and a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institute. Professor Mead also testifies regularly to Congress on issues of poverty, welfare and social policy. His books include Beyond Entitlement and The New Politics of Poverty, presenting the theoretical background and practice for mandatory work programs.

Danziger is a professor and co-director of the National Poverty Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.  He has conducted a great deal of research on poverty and inequality, looking specifically at the consequences of the 1996 welfare reform, and at the effects of both government social benefit programs and economic and demographic changes on disadvantaged groups. His books include Understanding Poverty  and Economic Conditions and Welfare Reform.