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"Potent Presidential Politics: Inequality, Race and Welfare Reform"

11 October 2004

ATTENTION: Urban affairs, political, education, and legal writers

Contact: By Noel Gallagher, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944 nkg@pa.urel.berkeley.edu

"Potent Presidential Politics: Inequality, Race and Welfare Reform," a roundtable discussion between New York Times reporter Jason DeParle; Michael Krasny, host of KQED radio's "Forum" show; Christopher Edley Jr., dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall); and Cheryl Polk, director of the Miriam and Peter Haas Fund.

7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 18

Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley

As the share of children living below the poverty line continues to rise, political debate continues over how government can best help impoverished families. Broader concerns about inequality in America range from President Bush's tax cuts to whether government should encourage marriage among the poor.

DeParle, who has covered urban issues and welfare for The New York Times over the past decade, will discuss with Krasny, Edley and Polk how these issues affect parents and children in low-income communities. DeParle recently published "American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare."

This free event is sponsored by the campus's graduate schools of education and journalism, Boalt Hall, the School of Social Welfare and the Goldman School of Public Policy.

For interviews with DeParle, contact Yen Cheong at (212) 366-2275 or yen.cheong@us.penguingroup.com. Copies of DeParle's book will be available at the event.

For more information, please see www.jasondeparle.com, or contact Bruce Fuller, UC Berkeley professor of education and public policy, at (510) 643-5362 or b_fuller@uclink4.berkeley.edu; or Molly Colin, director of communications and publications at Boalt Hall, at (510) 642-4143 or mcolin@law.berkeley.edu.


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