Speaker Series

Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions introduces the key issues regarding the causes and consequences of poverty through a lecture series featuring experts in policy and practice from across the nation. The course explores interdisciplinary, real-world poverty solutions from a wide variety of perspectives and encourages the formation of a community of learners at U-M committed to engaging these issues together.

This lecture series course features different guest speakers each week. Speakers are national and global experts drawn from university, business, and community contexts who explore interdisciplinary real-world poverty solutions from a wide variety of perspectives. Lectures will be recorded and made available online. Lectures are free and open to the public, and students can enroll in a course to receive one credit for attending the speaker series.

Fall 2019 Lineup:

 

Efosa Ojomo

Noon, Oct. 11
Room B780, U-M School of Social Work

Partner: William Davidson Institute

“The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty”

Watch a video of Efosa Ojomo’s talk

 

Bridgette Brawner

Noon, Oct. 18
Room 1840 (ECC), U-M School of Social Work

Partner: School of Nursing

“Health and Poverty: The Toll of Living with Less”

 

 

Faith Fowler

Noon, Oct. 25
Room 1840 (ECC), U-M School of Social Work

Partner: Michigan Law

“The Road to Hell: Why Serving the Poor Does Not Eliminate Poverty”

 

 

Stephanie Land

7 p.m., Oct. 28
Rackham Amphitheatre

Partner: Center for the Education of Women+

“Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive”

 

 

Shannon Cohen and Stephanie Land

8:30 a.m., Oct. 29
Michigan League Ballroom

Partner: Center for the Education of Women+

Leadership Consultant Shannon Cohen and Author Stephanie Land and will discuss their work at a special event held as part of the annual Advocacy Symposium hosted by the Center for the Education of Women+. The symposium brings together advocacy researchers and practitioners; this year’s theme is Rethinking Leadership.

 

 

Dorian Warren

Noon, Nov. 1
Room 1840 (ECC), U-M School of Social Work

Partner: National Center for Institutional Diversity

“The Hidden Rules of Race: Barriers to an Inclusive Economy”

 

 

Greg Landsman

Noon, Nov. 8
Room 1840 (ECC), U-M School of Social Work

Partner: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

“Beyond School: Where to Focus Collective Impact to Support Children in Poverty”

 

 

Dean Kamen

Noon, Nov. 15
Room 1840 (ECC), U-M School of Social Work

Partner: College of Engineering

“From the Segway to Medical Devices: Inventing People-Centered Solutions”

 

See videos from the fall 2018 Real World Perspectives on Poverty Solutions Speaker Series