Marlboro College


Dr. Janet Poppendieck Exposes Links
between Hunger and Charity

Marlboro, VT—Janet Poppendieck, professor of sociology at Hunter College, will discuss the complex politics of hunger and social action in the United States on Monday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. in Whittemore Theater at Marlboro College.

To confront the growing number of hungry and impoverished Americans, millions of people have volunteered in soup kitchens, food pantries and food rescue operations, while tens of millions have donated food or money towards the eradication of hunger. In “Charity, Justice, and Social Action: Confronting Hunger in America,” Poppendieck will discuss the ways in which this outpouring of compassion and assistance may be contributing to the very problem it is trying to solve by undermining public sector responsibility for people in need.

Poppendieck serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Food Resource Center, the Association for the Study of Food and Society, the Advisory Committees of City-as-School and the Welfare Rights Initiative. As director of the Hunter College Center for the Study of Family Policy from 1988 to 2001, she started the Welfare Rights Initiative, the Community Interpreter Project and the Language Diversity Initiative.

Poppendieck earned her B.A. in history from Duke University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the Florence Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University. She was a W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Fellow from 1984 to 1987. Among numerous articles, Poppendieck is also the author of Breadlines Knee Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression, and Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement, in which Poppendieck traveled across America visiting soup kitchens.

Her lecture is part of the Marlboro College’s Spring Monday Night Lecture Series, “Education and Engagement.” Lectures are funded by the Thomas Thompson Trust and an anonymous donor.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro is a Colleges That Change Lives college.

This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elena Sharnoff, Marlboro College Public Affairs Officer, at (802) 258-7644. For cancellation information, please call the Events Hotline: (802) 451-7151.


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