N.Y. Times writer to speak about how welfare reform affected mothers and their children
DATE: 7 p.m., Sept. 28, 2004
EVENT: "American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare." Jason DeParle, a New York Times reporter, will speak about issues in his book on the results of the controversial 1996 Welfare Reform Act, an unprecedented change in social policy. Former president Bill Clinton vowed to "end welfare as we know it" in 1992. Four years later, Congress translated a catchy slogan into a law that sent nine million women and children streaming from the welfare rolls. How did welfare mothers respond? Drawing on more than a decade of reporting, DeParle traces the stories of three welfare recipients back six generations and adds politicians, case workers, reformers and rogues to an exploration of America's struggle with poverty and dependency. U-M professors Sandra Danziger and Alford Young, Jr. will comment on DeParle's book; then the audience will be able to ask questions. Professor Sheldon Danziger, National Poverty Center co-director, will moderate the event. The event is free and open to the public. PLACE : Rackham Amphitheater, 915 E. Washington Street.
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SPONSOR: National Poverty Center (NPC) at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
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