(Re)Discovering Harrington’s “The Other America:” A Symposium on Poverty Since the Great Society at Brandeis University!

You are invited to join Brandeis University faculty, students and community activists to assess the state of poverty in the United States today – 50 years after the publication of Michael Harrington’s “The Other America: Poverty in the United States.”

The one-day symposium on Nov. 1 begins with a luncheon at noon and concludes about 5 p.m. A reception will follow. The event will be held in the Hassenfeld Conference Center.

Speakers include Robert Kuttner, author, founder and editor of the American Prospect and a Boston Globe columnist, and Bob Herbert, former New York Times op-ed columnist, Demos distinguished fellow and senior adviser to the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis.

Heller School faculty and community organization leaders will lead discussions, which will explore how economic and policy trends affect poverty and the “new poor” today, and what can be done to address the crisis.

Schedule

12:00 p.m.: Introductions and lunch

12:15 p.m.: Reflecting on 50 years of “The Other America”— Robert Kuttner, author, founder and editor of The American Prospect, Boston Globe columnist

1:30 p.m.: Breakout sessions led by Heller School faculty, students and community organization leaders (topics: housing, employment, safety net andstudent debt)

2:45 p.m.: Panel discussion (topics: children in poverty, the racial wealth gap,undocumented youth and the uncredentialed)

4:00 p.m.: Moving Beyond “The Other America”— Bob Herbert, former New York Times op-ed columnist, Demos distinguished fellow and senior adviser to the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at the Heller School

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the MPP Poverty Alleviation Program at the Heller School and the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice.

To RSVP or for more information, email harringtonconference@brandeis.edu.

50 years after “The Other America”, poverty and the struggle against it continue

Michael Harrington’s 1962 book “The Other America” helped bring about the War on Poverty and Great Society programs of the 1960s.  Unfortunately, thirty years of global neoliberal deregulation, regressive tax reforms, and anti-union policy have caused a rampant resurgence of inequality and mass poverty in the United States.  Harrington’s organization, the Democratic Socialists of America Fund, continues his anti-poverty work today and fights for progressive change and a more just and fair society.  Activists in DSA’s youth section, the Young Democratic Socialists, fight for accessibility and equity in the university system.