Wednesday, 29 March, 7:00 PM
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall
“In Welfare Brat, her stunning memoir of growing up in the United States’ welfare system, Mary Childers describes navigating the treacherous terrain of American poverty, out of the Bronx neighborhood where crime, arson and racial tensions were constantly on the rise, and into a life of hard-won self-sufficiency. The work of anthropologist Dana-Ain Davis surveys this same social landscape by exploring the complicated relationship between poverty, gender and race, while Annelise Orleck brings the full resources of the historian to bear in Storming Caesar’s Palace, her compelling account of how a group of welfare mothers and their supporters built one of the country’s most successful antipoverty programs.”
“On Wednesday, 29 March, we’ll welcome Mary Childers, Dana-Ain Davis, and Annelise Orleck, not only to share their insights into a flawed system that often traps those who receive it in a vortex of desperation and dependence, but also to imagine useful, practical and achievable alternatives to that system. By focusing on the state of American welfare from the vantage of several different disciplines, we hope to provide an expansive view of its problems and its possible solutions. It’s a conversation that anyone committed to struggles for economic justice won’t want to miss.”
This event is free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Barnard Center for Research on Women