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“Breaking the Silence of Extreme Poverty” Conference

Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson is among the featured speakers.
Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson is among the featured speakers.
Event Date: March 12, 2013 - 3 p.m.
Location: Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom B

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"Breaking the Silence of Extreme Poverty" Conference (revised flyer March 7)

UMass Boston’s Center for Social Policy, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, College of Management's Organizations and Social Change Program along with All Together in Dignity (ATD) International Fourth World Movement and the Office of Student Leadership and Community Engagement's Project Serve are cosponsoring a conference that will feature stories from the recently published book, Not Meant to Live Like This: Weathering the Storm of our Lives in New Orleans, written by 50 members of the ATD.

This inspiring book gives a unique insight into the lives of people living in poverty before, during, and after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Meet some of the coauthors, re-uniting to share their stories.

This FREE EVENT features:

  • panel discussions on health, education, violence/safety, housing, sustainable development
  • exhibitions
  • book sale and signing
  • Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson among the featured speakers.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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“Our book is to let the world know about our struggles, our suffering and the strength we need to raise our families and to live decently with the little bit we have. Our book will be a testimony to our lives, so that the world will never forget what we have been through and what we are still going through.”
-- Sylvia Miller, co-author

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