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Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 @ 9:04AM

Will The Poor Always Be With Us?

One of the more fascinating experiences of my doctoral studies at Columbia University was delving into the writings of Richard Hofstadter in Shelia Kamerman’s policy class, particularly his 1944 book: Social Darwinism in American Thought which I found to be eye opening. The concept was new but seemed plausible: some…

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Monday, February 13th, 2017 @ 8:52AM

12 Grand Challenges for Social Work is Evolving into Something Very Special

As a newly-minted member of the Grand Challenges Executive Committee, one may suspect my assessment of this ambitious initiative may not be objective. However, I welcomed the opportunity to serve on the GCEC because of my growing appreciation of its potential. I will admit my initial thoughts about the 12…

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Monday, September 19th, 2016 @ 7:31AM

12 Grand Challenges Gain Momentum at Brown School Forum

The 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work as envisioned by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) has galvanized a significant number of social workers—not all, but mostly academics—around the notion that sustained focus on key issues relevant to creating and maintaining a just society for all…

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Monday, August 22nd, 2016 @ 7:52AM

Social Work and the Welfare State

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (Public Law 104-193), signed into law by President Bill Clinton on August 22, 1996 that would, as many hoped, change welfare as we knew it. Clinton had campaigned on welfare reform. What he did not know…

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Monday, November 2nd, 2015 @ 8:34AM

Paul Ryan and the Poor

Watching the proceedings on the floor of the House of Representatives Thursday on the occasion of the election and swearing-in of Rep. Paul Ryan (WI-) as the 54th Speaker of the House, one might be convinced that discord had been banished from this hallowed legislative arena and that all is…

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Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 @ 12:14PM

Child Support Laws Crippling Poor Fathers

The more one learns about our system of criminal justice, the more one must wonder about some of its senseless policies.  That the United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country in the world is pretty much common knowledge to most.  But in case you have been…

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