Alice O'Connor, a UC Santa Barbara associate professor of history, will talk about redirecting the fight against poverty in the United States in a lecture titled, "Rebuilding the Anti-Poverty Agenda:
The Past and Future of Social Welfare Policy," at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in UCSB's Hatlen Theatre.
Admission is free and the public is invited.
The forum, the 43rd Annual Harold J. Plous Memorial Lecture, is O'Connor's reward for being selected the 2000 winner of UCSB's
Harold J. Plous Award, given annually to an outstanding
faculty assistant professor from the humanities, social or natural sciences.
O'Connor was promoted to associate professor soon after being selected.
O'Connor has been engaged in anti-poverty work throughout her career.
She joined the UCSB faculty in 1995.
Her recently published book, Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy and the Poor in Twentieth Century U.S. History, chronicles the ways politicians, activists and academics characterized poverty during the just-concluded century.
O'Connor contends that efforts to solve the poverty problem have evolved from a focus on economic inequality to an obsession with welfare reform.