Angela Glover Blackwell presents: The Time is Now: An Equity Agenda to End Poverty

6:00 p.m.

With a new administration, now is the time for the United States to address its seemingly intractable problem of poverty. But to accomplish this, we need a new understanding of how the federal government can help all people participate and prosper in healthy, affordable communities.Rather than continuing to tackle separately the underlying issues of race, class, and democracy, public policy expert Angela Glover Blackwell argues a new administration should construct a new “equity agenda” to address these issues comprehensively.Blackwell calls for the breakdown of the outdated and artificial barriers that perpetuate poverty, in areas ranging from housing and education to health and democratic participation. Blackwell will highlight numerous examples of where this comprehensive approach has already proven successful, like the Harlem Children's Zone, a project to rebuild community by providing a 24/7 support network for neighborhood children.Angela Glover Blackwell founded PolicyLink in 1999. A renowned community-building advocate, Blackwell served as senior vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation where she oversaw the Foundation's Domestic and Cultural divisions. Blackwell also developed Rockefeller's Building Democracy division, which focused on race and policy and created the Next Generation Leadership program. A lawyer by training, she gained national recognition as founder of the Oakland (CA) Urban Strategies Council, where she pioneered new approaches to neighborhood revitalization. She is the co-author of Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America and contributed to Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream, an anthology edited by John Edwards.Established in 1989 in honor of the late Nathan Levin, a trustee and acting president of The New School, the Levin Lecture explores the issues of race, poverty, and public policy. This event is sponsored by Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy.

Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

Free; seating is limited; reservations required by emailing


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