Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Urban Men in Poverty symposium to be streamed on web

Web streaming for the "Urban Men in Poverty: Problems and Solutions" symposium the La Follette School is hosting on Friday, April 24, in partnership with Marquette University Law School commences at 7:55 a.m. that day.

Participants will explore the situation of low-wage/low-income urban men, which has not been widely documented or discussed. What is known, or believed to be known, is that they are predominantly racial minorities; their incarceration rate is high; they have low levels of education and skills and face a worsened low-skill labor market; they are largely single; many are under court mandates for child support and are in arrears on payments; and many work largely off-the-books.

This half-day seminar will give an overview of the problem nationally, in Wisconsin and in Milwaukee. Particular focus will be on incarceration, child support and labor markets, with possible next steps outlined by a national expert on demonstration projects that have produced measurable and replicable results.

The conference will feature the following sessions:

  • Urban Men in Poverty: A National Overview: Professor Geoffrey Wallace, La Follette School
  • The Politics of Poverty in Wisconsin: Professor Charles Franklin, Marquette University Law School
  • Early Trauma and Employment: An Uneasy Relationship: Professor David Pate, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Department of Social Work
  • The Effects of Incarceration on Neighborhoods: Professor Mike Massoglia, University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Sociology
  • Can We Improve the Employment Prospects of Disadvantaged Men?: Professor Harry Holzer, Georgetown University