Legacies of the War on Poverty, Lessons for the Future


Legacies of the War on Poverty, Lessons for the Future
A special conference marking the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The Pew Charitable Trusts
901 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

Keynote addresses - Sheldon Danziger, President, Russell Sage Foundation.

Download Martha Bailey's PowerPoint presentation - click here
Download Sheldon Danziger's PowerPoint presentation - click here

Panel Discussion

This January marked the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's declaration of "unconditional War on Poverty." Today, 15 percent of Americans live in poverty and yet no Administration or Congress since the Johnson era has made fighting poverty a top priority.

January 8, 2014, exactly 50 years after President Johnson's declaration, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity cohosted a forum offering diverse perspectives on the effects of anti-poverty policies in the U.S. in areas such as educational attainment, employment, earnings, living standards, and health over the past five decades and in the years to come. The event, sponsored by the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Russell Sage Foundation, and Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, focused on research highlighted in a new book, Legacies of the War on Poverty (Russell Sage Foundation, September 2013). The panel featured discussion among the book's editors and commentators from across the political spectrum, addressing policy interventions that grew out of the War on Poverty and taking a fresh look at strategies to fight poverty and promote opportunity.

The event was made possible by a generous grant from the Ford Foundation.

Moderator: Clarence Page
Op-Ed Columnist & Editorial Writer
Chicago Tribune

Martha Bailey
Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan,
and Co-Editor of Legacies of the War on Poverty

Sheldon Danziger
President of the Russell Sage Foundation,
and Co-Editor of Legacies of the War on Poverty

Jocelyn Frye
Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, and former Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Director of Policy and Special Projects for the First Lady

Kevin Hassett
John G. Searle Senior Fellow and Director of Economic Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute

Jason DeParle
Reporter at The New York Times, and Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow at
The New America Foundation

Michael Gerson
Op-ed Columnist at The Washington Post, and Visiting Fellow at
the Center for Public Justice

Click here to purchase a copy of Legacies of the War on Poverty
edited by Martha Bailey and Sheldon Danziger
Policy Brief: Legacies of the War on Poverty
Policy Brief: The War on Poverty & Higher Education
Policy Brief: The War on Poverty’s Effects on Health Care For the Elderly
Policy Brief: Improving Access to Medical Care & Health for Children & Adults
Policy Brief: The Social Safety Net for Families With Children
Policy Brief: The Safety Net for the Elderly


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