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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Poverty and American National Priorities

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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Eric Gregory, Princeton University
Susan Crawford Sullivan, College of the Holy Cross
William Julius Wilson, Harvard University
Moderated by Erik Owens, Boston College

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Location: Higgins 300, Boston College

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Eric Gregory is Professor of Religion at Princeton University. In 2012-2013, he is a Fellow at the Tikvah Center for Law and Jewish Civilization at New York University School of Law. He is the author of Politics & The Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship (Chicago 2008), and numerous articles related to his interests in ethics, theology, political theory, law, and the role of religion in public life. In 2007, he was awarded Princeton’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Among his current projects is a book tentatively titled, What Do We Owe Strangers? Globalization and the Good Samaritan, which examines secular and religious perspectives on global justice. A graduate of Harvard College, he earned an M.Phil. and Diploma in Theology from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and his doctorate in Religious Studies from Yale University.

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Susan Crawford Sullivan is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Edward Bennett Williams Fellow at the College of the Holy Cross. Her research interests lie at the intersection of sociology of religion, family, and poverty and public policy. Her book, Living Faith:  Everyday Religion and Mothers in Poverty (University of Chicago Press, 2011), won the 2012 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Distinguished Book Award and the 2012 American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Book Award from the sociology of religion section. Dr. Sullivan has published articles in journals such Sociology of Religion; Review of Religious Research; Journal of Catholic Higher Education; and the Journal of College Student Development. She is current co-editing the volume A Vision of Justice: Engaging Catholic Social Teaching on the College Campus (Liturgical Press, forthcoming). Since 2009, she has been an active member of the Peace and Justice National Advisory Committee of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. She received her Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and her Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. 

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William Julius Wilson is the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University.  He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Education and the Institute of Medicine. He is also past President of the American Sociological Association, and is a MacArthur Prize Fellow.  In 1998 he was awarded the National Medal of Science.  His books include Power, Racism and Privilege (1973), The Declining Significance of Race (1978), The Truly Disadvantaged (1987), When Work Disappears (1996), The Bridge over the Racial Divide (1999), There Goes the Neighborhood (2006, co-author), Good Kids from Bad Neighborhoods (2006, co-author), and, most recently, More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (2009). He received a Ph.D. from Washington State University.

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In The News

Nicholas Kristof, in a New York Times op-ed, encourages President Obama to make poverty a policy priority during his second term.

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Thomas Edsall's New York Times opinion piece about the hidden prosperity of the poor traces the debate over the consumption theory, which suggests that even as income inequality worsens, the disparity between the amount of money spent on goods and services by the rich, the middle class and the poor remains relatively stable.