ALANA Cultural Center, 13 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346, USA

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Prior to the Covid pandemic, approximately 15 percent of the U.S. population was in poverty. During the pandemic, poverty rates fell due to changes in U.S. government programs that targeted working families. We will discuss big questions around the role of the government in fighting poverty in the U.S. For example, is poverty a policy choice? Why do we tolerate higher poverty rates for children? What other groups are disproportionally affected by poverty? The discussion will be led by Professor Nicole Simpson from the Economics department. Professor Simpson teaches courses on poverty and immigration and runs the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Colgate. The event will be held in the ALANA Lounge at 12:15pm on Wednesday, February 23rd. Lunch will be provided!

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