Type: Public event

Poverty, Policy, and People: 25 Years of Research and Training at the University of Michigan

Date & time

Apr 10, 2014, 8:00 am-5:00 pm EDT


Weill Hall

Free and open to the public.
Conference pre-registration is now closed. You may register in-person on April 10 or April 11 at the conference.

The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will host this conference as one of the highlights of the school's year-long centennial celebrations.

Poverty, Policy, and People, organized by Maria Cancian and Mary Pattillo, will celebrate and explore the contributions to scholarship and professional development of the University of Michigan's Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy, directed for a quarter of a century by Professor Sheldon Danziger. Danziger began his tenure as President of the Russell Sage Foundation in August 2013.

The conference will feature four research panels on the topics of:

  • Poverty and Welfare

  • Race and Immigration

  • Inequality and Mobility

  • Children and Families

Rebecca M. Blank, former Ford School dean and Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will deliver the keynote address. The conference will also feature a dinner honoring Sheldon Danziger (invitation only), and a closing lunch with remarks by Melvin Oliver, Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences, Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences, and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (invitation only).

Conference Organizers:
Maria Cancian
Professor of Public Affairs and Social Work
Associate Dean for Fiscal Initiatives and Social Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mary Pattillo
Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and African American Studies
Northwestern University