Upcoming Webinar - "Alternative Lenses: Poverty Beyond the Official Measures"

Dr. Stephen Pimpare

The VISTA Campus website features regular webinars and ongoing learning opportunities, all created especially for VISTA members. This upcoming Wednesday, March 20th, the site will host a webinar entitled "Alternative Lenses: Poverty Beyond the Official Measures," facilitated by Dr. Stephen Pimpare, author of the highly acclaimed, best-selling book A People's History of Poverty in America.

Dr. Stephen Pimpare (BS, PhD) has a background in teaching--specifically public policy, politics, and the history of social work and welfare--at such prestigious universities as New York University, Columbia University, the City University of New York, and Yeshiva University. He is the author of two books and more than fifty articles, essays, and reviews, and has enjoyed a long career of lecturing, participating in radio and television interviews, and creating and facilitating online classes and webinars. Pimpare also has extensive experience at the senior-management level of nonprofit and advocacy organizations focused on fighting poverty, homelessness, and hunger in New York City. In 1994, he helped to create New York City's first not-for-profit restaurant, One City Cafe, which received the "Victory Against Hunger Award" from the Congressional Hunger Center, accepted food stamps for its already price-reduced meals, and has been dubbed "the reinvention of the soup kitchen" by the New York Times. Recordings of Dr. Pimpare's previous VISTA Campus webinars can be found and viewed here. This particular webinar is described as follows:

Poverty has meant different things to different people at different times. How we define poverty has profound effects on what kinds of solutions we seek, on which kind of programs we create, and on who's eligible for assistance. Join Dr. Stephen Pimpare for a provocative discussion about alternative ways to think about who lives in poverty, what poverty is, and how your understanding of both can enrich your commitment to service and the communities you work with.

Dr. Pimpare will conduct the webinar from New york City, and will be accompanied by a group of local NYC VISTA members. After the webinar, Dr. Pimpare will engage in a face-to-face discussion with the on-site VISTA members and he encourages national service members across the country to engage in dialogue with family, friends, and cowrokers regarding the topic of poverty. To access and register for this webinar, click here.

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