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Single parents are focus of talk, Sept. 27

"Not Married With Children: Should the Government Intervene?" is the topic of a lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in 16 Robertson Hall. Kathryn Edin, a University of Pennsylvania sociologist, and Robert Doar, commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, will deliver the talk.

Edin, an associate professor of sociology and research associate at Penn's Population Studies Center, focuses her research on poverty and social inequality, urban and community sociology, family and gender, public housing, child support and unmarried parents.

Edin has written three books: "There's a Lot of Month Left at the End of the Money: How Low-Income Single Mothers Make Ends Meet in Chicago"; "Making Ends Meet: How Low-Income Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work" (with Laura Lein); and "Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage" (with Maria Kefalas). She currently is writing a book on low-income single fathers.

Doar, a 1983 graduate of Princeton, runs the New York state agency that administers welfare and other assistance programs. He previously served as the agency's executive deputy commissioner and deputy commissioner of child support. His work in child support enforcement earned him a "Golden Heart Award" from the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.

The lecture is part of a series 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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