September 12, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Wealth & Poverty: ‘A New Social Theory of Poverty,’ Sept. 12

The 2014-15 Wealth & Poverty Speaker Series presents Dr. Lakshman Yapa on “A New Social Theory of Poverty” on Friday, Sept. 12, at 3:30 p.m., followed by Q&A, in Baker Theater.

Dr. Lakshman Yapa

Dr. Lakshman Yapa

Yapa is Professor of Geography at Pennsylvania State University.

Watch on A&S TV. This event will be live-streamed and archived.

His current research project, Rethinking Urban Poverty in the United States, is an academic program that combines teaching, research, and service learning in West Philadelphia. “We move away from conventional economic and welfare approaches of poverty by defining it as a substantive question related to access—to transport, housing, nutrition, health-care, and so on,” he says on his webpage.

Wealth & Poverty theme logo“This project is expanding to a new initiative called the Philadelphia Semester of Public Scholarship, which involves the development of courses on campus that respond to needs of inner-city communities such as small business development, nutrition and health, and so on. I am coordinating this inter-college effort to train about 20 students each semester doing service learning in residence in Philadelphia.”

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