The Other America: Then and Now - Increasing global competitiveness through informal science education
Date & Time
Sep 11, 2012, 2:15-3:45 pm EDT
Presented by the National Poverty Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
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Megan Russell Johnson
Associate Program Officer, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Director, Education and Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund
Executive Director, Michigan After-School Partnership
Judi Brown Clarke
Diversity Director, Beacon Center, Michigan State University
Lynn Kleiman Malinoff
Bright Futures Project Director, Eastern Michigan University
The Other America: Then and Now
Fifty years ago, Michael Harrington's The Other America captured the attention of policymakers, students and the public. He wrote, "In a nation with a technology that could provide every citizen with a decent life, it is an outrage and a scandal that there should be such social misery." Fifty years later, this statement resonates as poverty remains higher in the U.S. than in most other advanced economies. These sessions highlight issues that remain at the forefront of antipoverty efforts - raising the skills, employment and earnings of the disadvantaged.