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Fall speaker series highlights real-world poverty solutions

Contact: Lauren Slagter, 734-929-8027,

ANN ARBOR – Efosa Ojomo, a senior research fellow on global prosperity at the Clayton Christensen Institute, will lead Poverty Solutions’ annual fall speaker series.

At a lecture on Oct. 11, Ojomo will discuss themes from the book he co-authored with Clayton Christensen and Karen Dillon, titled “The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty.” 

2019 speaker series lineup

Poverty Solutions partnered with various university departments to invite a diverse set of speakers to discuss different approaches to addressing poverty in this year’s six-week Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions series. 

All events are free and open to the public, and most of the talks will take place at noon on Fridays at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, 1080 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor. Students can enroll in a course to earn one credit for attending the speaker series. 

Here’s the speaker series lineup:

  • Oct. 11: Efosa Ojomo
  • Oct. 18: Bridgette Brawner, associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Oct. 25: The Rev. Faith Fowler, executive director of Cass Community Social Services
  • Oct. 28: Stephanie Land, author of “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive”
  • Oct. 29: Authors Stephanie Land and Joy DeGruy at CEW+ Advocacy Symposium
  • Nov. 1: Dorian Warren, president of the Center for Community Change Action
  • Nov. 8: Greg Landsman, Cincinnati city councilmember
  • Nov. 15: Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway 

See full details on the time, location, and topic of each lecture