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Lasell Professors to Discuss The War on Poverty - 50 Years Later

November 14, 2014

Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson's declared War on Poverty, Lasell professors will examine attitudes and reflect on poverty and wealth in Massachusetts at a panel discussion November 18.

The talk, titled "The War on Poverty: Where are we 50 years later?," includes Professors Jenifer Drew (Sociology), Dennis Frey (History), and Aaron Toffler (Environmental Studies) who will speak in Yamawaki Auditorium at 2pm.

In 1964, President Johnson's State of the Union Address declared a War on Poverty and announced groundbreaking legislation to decrease the rising poverty rate in the United States. Since 1967, the U.S. poverty rate has dropped from 26 percent to 16 percent.

The event will focus on the legislation and how it has impacted overall attitudes and policies impacting the poor, as well as different racial and ethnic groups. Among the topics that will be raised are incarceration, education and environmental justice.

Professor Toffler, known for his work in environmental policy, has represented community groups in urban environmental issues such as land use, open space, and development issues. A historian, Professor Frey studies the works of different historians as well as social scientists, concentrated on their perceptions of socio-economic and cultural changes as they progress over time. Professor Drew, a sociologist, has worked in prison education and ex-offender community integration.