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WCPC Seminar Series on Poverty and Policy

The Seminar Series on Poverty and Policy brings prominent national and local faculty to the University of Washington campus to present their cutting-edge research on poverty and public policy.

Approximately five seminars are offered each quarter and are open to UW faculty, UW graduate students from all disciplines, and members of the public who are interested in research on issues of poverty and inequality and related public policies.

One session each quarter is a student-oriented session for students who enroll for credit. This session provides opportunities for students to network with other students and with UW faculty from a variety of disciplines who are working on topics relating to poverty and inequality.

Time and Location: Seminars are held approximately every other week, typically on Monday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. with question / discussion until 2:00 p.m. in the UW Parrington Hall Commons or Forum (rooms 308 and 309, located on the third floor of Parrington Hall). A continuously updated schedule of seminar dates and topics is maintained here on our website.

Topical Areas: Seminars are presented by faculty from a variety of disciplines addressing a diversity of topics that relate to the causes and consequences of poverty and inequality in the U.S. and to the development and evaluation of public policy responses.

Graduate Credit: Graduate students from all disciplines who have a substantive emphasis on poverty as a part of their individual program of study may receive 1 credit per term for participation in at least 4 of the seminars and completion of one assignment. Add codes and questions pertaining to graduate credit may be directed to Consult the University of Washington Time Schedule for current course registration information.

We hope that you can join us!

Spring 2015 Seminar Schedule

Monday, April 13
"Social Impact Bonds: The Next Neoliberal Thing"
SANFORD SCHRAM, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College, CUNY
12:30-1:30 p.m. UW Club, Yukon Pacific Room

Wednesday, April 29
"Epistemological Issues and Choices in Conducting Social Welfare Research: A Critical Perspective About Dominant Epistemologies in our Field"
ZEKE HASENFELD,  Research Professor of Social Welfare, Luskin School of Public Affairs, UCLA
3:30-5:00 p.m. School of Social Work, Room 305 A/B

Monday, May 4
"Lessons from the US Financial Diaries Project"
JONATHAN MORDUCH, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, NYU
12:30-1:30 p.m. UW Club, Yukon Pacific Room

Monday, May 11
"Labor Markets, Disadvantage, Crime and Justice"
ROBERT CRUTCHFIELD, Professor of Sociology, University of Washington
12:30-1:30 p.m. UW Club, Yukon Pacific Room

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