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Times reporter to discuss welfare reform, April 11

New York Times senior writer Jason DeParle will speak on "American Dream” at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in 16 Robertson Hall.

DeParle has spent nearly 15 years covering urban issues, addressing anti-poverty, child welfare and welfare reform. Reporting from Washington, he covered the debate leading to the 1996 law that abolished entitlement to cash assistance and created time limits and work requirements. Since that time, he has written extensively about state efforts to implement the law.

In his recent book, "American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare," DeParle follows the lives of three single mothers in Milwaukee, Wis., as they struggle to raise 10 children while trying to get off welfare.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Well-Being.

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