Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UIS hosts War on Poverty panel discussion, a historical look back and lessons for the future

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield, in collaboration with the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, will host a War on Poverty panel discussion as the final event in a War on Poverty Forum.

WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A public reception will be held before the event from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Public Affairs Center (PAC) Room G

DETAILS: The three-part panel discussion will explore diverse perspectives on where the War on Poverty has been, where it is now, and where it is going.

The panel will include Dalitso Sulamoyo, president and CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies; Denise Harlow, chief operating officer for the Community Action Partnership in Washington, D.C.; and Alice O’Connor, professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara and former director of the university’s Washington Center Program in Washington, D.C.

The first part of the discussion will set up a historical framework for understanding the social, economic and political conditions that created the War on Poverty. The second part will explore the policy and program interventions that grew out of the effort. The final part will clarify lessons learned for future policy making in the 21st Century.

Those interested in attending the panel discussion can register in advance at or at the event.

The War on Poverty Panel Discussion is the final part of a War on Poverty Forum which has also included a Poverty Simulation, and the screening of the documentary film American Winter.

For more information, contact Lorena Johnson with the UIS Institute for Legal and Policy Studies, at 217/206-6079 or

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