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Poverty in America: Critical Perspectives on Causes, Effects, and Possible Solutions

Join the FSU College of Social Work and the Institute for Human Studies at George Mason University on Friday, March 1, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the "Poverty in America: Critical Perspectives on Causes, Effects and Possible Solutions."

The United States, the wealthiest country in the world has almost 40 million people living in poverty (3.2 million in severe poverty). This conference explores the broad impacts of poverty on society (economic, social, cognitive and artistic) and possible resolutions to address it. The interactive format of this conference encourages dialogue among participants to explore collaborative problem-solving and critical feedback.

The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.  Register at

Continuing education credits is also available for social work practitioners.

Program Schedule:

Coffee & Light Breakfast -  8:00-8:30 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks (James Clark, Carol Edwards, Provost) - 8:30-9:00 AM

Freedom as the Power to Say No: Independence, Propertylessness, and Basic Income - 9:00-10:00 AM
Presenter: Karl Widerquist

Coffee Break - 10:00-10:15 AM

Three Approaches to Fostering Financial Capability - 10:15-11:30 AM
Presenters: David Stiffler, Jennie Jones, Kirby Burkholder

Lunch - 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Achieving Economic Equality in the Criminal Justice System - 12:30-1:30 PM
Presenter: Carrie Pettus-Davis

Coffee Break - 1:30-1:45 PM

Breakout Sessions - 1:45-3:00 PM

  • Poverty and Women
  • Presenters: Melissa Radey & Carol Edwards
  • Homelessness
  • Presenters: Monique Ellsworth & Tomi Gomory


Friday, March 1, 2019 at 8:00am to 3:30pm

Turnbull Conference Center (TC), Second Floor
555 W Pensacola St., Tallahassee, FL

Event Type

Lecture, Special Events, Workshops & Seminars, Speakers & Lectures, Conferences, Free to the Public

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Colleges, College of Social Work




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Tomi Gomory

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