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2017 Symposium Videos

Stephen Pimpare: Living Poor in Trump’s America: Myths, Realities, and Opportunities for Change

In a recent piece in the Washington Post, Stephen Pimpare, author of A People’s History of Poverty in America, took a Member of Congress to task for suggesting that Americans could afford to pay more for health care if they were simply more frugal. In this presentation, Pimpare dives deeper into the subject to lay out some of the research that helps to dispel these age-old misunderstandings about the root causes of poverty and offers suggestions about how to change the minds of Americans as well as the policies that impact poor and low-income people and the organizations that serve them.

Stephen Pimpare is a nationally recognized expert on poverty, homelessness, and U.S. social policy, and he has appeared on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CBS, CBC, Al Jazeera, PRI, Pacifica Radio, and Democracy Now.

Prior to joining the University of New Hampshire in 2015, where he teaches courses on American politics and public policy for the Politics & Society Program and the Social Work Department, he served as a senior-level administrator for anti-hunger organizations in New York City and taught at the City University of New York, NYU, and Columbia University. His second book, A People's History of Poverty in America, received the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association “for demonstrating how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world.”

His newest book is Ghettos, Tramps, and Welfare Queens: Down & Out on the Silver Screen (Oxford University Press 2017), a history of poverty and homelessness in the movies. Professor Pimpare is host of the New Books Network’s Public Policy Channel, a Consulting Editor for the journal Social Work, and a consultant on poverty education programming for AmeriCorps VISTA.