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Talk focuses on welfare reform, Oct. 11

A lecture on welfare reform titled "Getting Dads to Pay and Work: A New Father's Agenda" is set for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Presenting the lecture are Robert Doar, commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and Lawrence Mead III, a professor of politics at New York University.

Doar, a member of Princeton's class of 1983, oversees the New York state agency that administers welfare and other assistance programs. His work in child support enforcement earned him a Golden Heart Award from the Association for Children for the Enforcement of Support, a child support advocacy group.

Mead is an authority on the politics and implementation of welfare and has played an integral role in shaping welfare reform in the United States and abroad. His book "Government Matters,” which examined welfare reform in Wisconsin, was a co-winner of the 2005 Louis Brownlow Book Award, given by the National Academy of Public Administration. Mead has consulted with federal, state and local governments and has testified numerous times before Congress on issues of poverty, welfare and social policy.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Center for Research on Child Well-Being as part of the “Researcher Meets Policy-Maker” lecture series.

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