In his 1964 State of the Union address, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an "unconditional war" on poverty. That war established a range of new programs designed to reduce poverty and inequality in the United States and laid the foundation for today's anti-poverty programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Medicare; Medicaid; Head Start; and expanded Social Security benefits.
As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to greatly increase the proportion of Americans suffering from serious economic distress, the LBJ School is launching a limited speaker series, "Poverty Now," which will look at the reasons behind the persistence of poverty and inequality in the United States and will examine a range of policies intended to address these problems.
SESSION 1 | MARCH 3: Reparations in the 21st Century with William "Sandy" Darity and Kirsten Mullen
SESSION 2 | MARCH 10: Unemployment and the Pandemic with Chad Stone
SESSION 3 | APRIL 7: The Geography of Poverty with Scott Allard
SESSION 4 | APRIL 14: Food Insecurity and the Pandemic with Jim Ziliak
SESSION 5 | APRIL 21: The Minimum Wage with William Rodgers