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Scholars debate on religion, poverty and welfare reform, May 1

scholars will debate the causes and cures for poverty and explore various religious commitments that underlie discussions about poverty at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, May 1, in the Senate Chamber of Whig Hall.

The debate between Mary Jo Bane of Harvard University and Lawrence Mead of New York University will be based, in part, on their forthcoming book, "Lifting Up the Poor -- A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty and Welfare Reform," which is part of the Brookings/Pew Forum Series on Religion and Public Life.

Bane is the Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management in Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She served as co-chair of President Clinton's Working Group on Welfare Reform and as assistant secretary for children and families in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Mead is a professor of politics at NYU and has been a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford and in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton. Both have written extensively about welfare reform.

The event is sponsored by the America's Founding and Future lecture series of the James Madison Program , as well as the Kuyper Center for Public Theology of the Princeton Theological Seminary. For more information, contact Seana Sugrue at (609) 258-6333.

Contact:Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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