2010–2011 IRP Seminars

2010–2011 IRP Seminar Series

IRP seminars cross disciplinary boundaries to bring the latest research by top poverty scholars on and off campus to the Institute. They take place on Thursdays, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., in room 8417 Social Science Building (unless otherwise noted), and are open to the public.

New seminar dates will be added as seminars are confirmed.

In 2010–2011, IRP will feature the following seminar series:

Instability in the Lives of the Poor: How Policy Helps or Hurts
Instability in the Lives of the Poor: How Policy Helps or Hurts is an interdisciplinary seminar series that brings to IRP a group of distinguished researchers from across the UW–Madison campus as well as other universities to focus on the state of the field concerning the proximate sources of instability and poverty and how they sequence and accumulate. The speakers will quantify the level of instability experienced by poor and near-poor families in such areas as employment, housing, and family life, help us understand why the instability occurs, and suggest possible policy reforms that might reduce the level of instability.

Meet the New IRP Affiliate
At the heart of IRP lies the poverty research of our campus-wide and national network of research affiliates and staff researchers. IRP affiliates maintain a substantial connection to the research, mentoring, and dissemination activities of the Institute. The Meet the New IRP Affiliate seminar series provides an opportunity for poverty researchers who recently joined the ranks of IRP affiliates to introduce themselves and their research interests and to present some of their recent work.

IRP Visiting Scholars
The Visiting Scholar seminar series features visitors from one of IRP's three Visiting Scholar Programs. The first program, initiated in 1998 with support that continues today from the UW–Madison, brings scholars from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups to the Institute for one- to two-week stays. The second program is for researchers interested in food assistance and is part of IRP's partnership with the USDA to serve as the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research. And the third program is for a broad range of faculty, researchers, and policy analysts who are hosted by IRP for limited or longer-term stays.

New Perspectives in Social Policy
The annual New Perspectives in Social Policy seminar series seeks to reach beyond familiar and well-explored fields of poverty research, to challenge accepted paradigms, and to open paths to new research models and methodologies. In 2006, then-IRP Director Maria Cancian launched the series to mark the Institute's 40th anniversary.

RIDGE Food Assistance Research
IRP launched the RIDGE Food Assistance Research seminar series in 2010 in its role as the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research. The Center serves as a focal point for stimulating new and innovative research related to food assistance programs, a hub for mentoring and training of researchers interested in food assistance and related issues, and a source of timely and accessible information on new research findings.

Financial Security, Literacy, and Public Policy, Joint IRP/CFS
IRP is a campus partner of the Center for Financial Security (CFS), which is housed in the UW School of Human Ecology (SoHE). The Center aims to increase understanding of consumer behavior and financial decision-making while serving as a cross-campus, interdisciplinary center focused on applied research that promotes individual and family financial security and informs public policy about financial issues on a local, state, and national level. During the 2010–2011 academic year, IRP and CFS are co-sponsoring four IRP-hosted seminars that examine correlations among financial literacy, savings opportunities, and the economic instability of low-income families.

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
This seminar series is wide-ranging, featuring poverty studies scholars who represent a range of disciplines and whose work examines issues that lie at the heart of the poverty problem and efforts to address it.

IRP Seminar Calendar, Fall 2010

September 2, 2010

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Closing in on Half a Century: The Upcoming Competitive Renewal for IRP's Core Grant
Timothy M. Smeeding, Director of IRP, University of Wisconsin–Madison

September 16, 2010

Instability in the Lives of the Poor: How Policy Helps or Hurts Seminar Series
The Mixed Blessings of Mixed-Income Communities
Mary Pattillo, Harold Washington Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Perspectives in Social Policy Seminar Series
Economic Stability Precedes Economic Mobility: Psychic Consequences of Economic Instability
Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

September 30, 2010

Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Family Background, Gender, and Early Academic Performance
Thomas DiPrete, Professor of Sociology and IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison

October 7, 2010

Seminar has been cancelled
IRP Visiting Scholar Seminar Series
'Echarle Ganas': The Role of Parental Aspirations and Educational Involvement in the Academic Achievement of Latino Adolescents
Angela Valdovinos D'Angelo, Harold A. Richman Postdoctoral Fellow, Chapin Hall, University of Chicago

October 14, 2010

Instability in the Lives of the Poor: How Policy Helps or Hurts Seminar Series
Financial Regulation and the Economic Security of Low-Income Households
Karen Dynan, Vice President and Co-Director of the Economic Studies Program and Robert S. Kerr Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

October 21, 2010

Meet the New IRP Affiliate Seminar Series
Exploring Social Class from a Psychological Perspective: Relations to Identity, Mental Health, and Psychotherapy
Mindi N. Thompson, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Department of Counseling Psychology and IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 5:00-7:00 pm

IRP/SSW celebrate the launching of the Center for Child Welfare Policy and Practice
Marc Parent Lecture and Reception, author of Turning Stones: My Days and Nights with Children at Risk
Registration required and more information

October 28, 2010

Seminar has been cancelled
IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
The Reversal of the Education Gender Gap in Marriage and Marital Dissolution
Christine R. Schwartz, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison

November 11, 2010

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Exploring the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study: Employment, Family, and Health across the Life Course
Pamela Herd, Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, and IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series (cosponsored with La Follette School of Public Affiars)
Accountability in the Presence of School Inequality: How Do We Deal with Differences?
Alisa Hicklin, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma

November 18, 2010

Instability in the Lives of the Poor: How Policy Helps or Hurts Seminar Series
Child Support and Income Insecurity
Daniel R. Meyer, Mary C. Jacoby Distinguished Professor of Social Work and IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 12:00–1:00 p.m.
La Follette School Conference Room, 1225 Observatory Drive

IRP Visiting Scholar Seminar Series (co-sponsored by La Follette School of Public Affairs)
Measuring the Impact of Health Insurance on Levels and Trends in Inequality (and How Health Reform Could Affect Them)
Kosali Simon, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
[Paper available in PDF format]

Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Population Health Sciences, 511 WARF Building, 610 Walnut Street

IRP Visiting Scholar Seminar Series (co-sponsored by Population Health Sciences)
How Did the Recession Affect Health and Related Activities of Americans?
Kosali Simon, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

December 2, 2010

Financial Security, Literacy, and Public Policy Seminar Series
Savings and the Poor: Innovations for Influencing Behavior
Jonathan Zinman, Associate Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

December 9, 2010

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Surprises in the Relation between Poverty and Imprisonment Rates for Blacks and Whites
Pamela Oliver, Professor of Sociology and IRP Affiliate, University of Wisconsin–Madison

IRP Seminar Calendar, Spring 2011

January 20, 2011

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
The Biology of Poverty: Links between Socioeconomic Status and Inflammation
Elliot Friedman, Health Psychologist, Institute on Aging, University of Wisconsin–Madison
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

January 27, 2011

IRP Visiting Scholar Seminar Series
The Diffusion and Implementation of Homelessness Policy: Ten Year Plans and the Shift to Permanent Supportive Housing
Nicole Esparza, Assistant Professor, School of Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California, and IRP Visiting Scholar

February 3, 2011

IRP Visiting Scholar Seminar Series (cosponsored by Center for Demography and Ecology)
The Diversity Dividends of a Neighborhood/School-Based Need- and Color-Blind Affirmative Action Policy - Insights from a Natural Experiment in Israel
Sigal Alon, Senior Lecturer, Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

February 10, 2011

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series
Evidence-Based Policymaking: Bridging the Divide between Researchers and Policymakers
Karen Bogenschneider, Rothermel-Bascom Professor of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison

February 17, 2011

Instability in the Lives of the Poor: How Policy Helps or Hurts Seminar Series
How Poor Families Think about Neighborhoods and Schools: Where They Go, Why They Go, and Why They Stay
Stefanie DeLuca, Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University


February 24, 2011

Financial Security, Literacy, and Public Policy Seminar Series
Reaching Out: Integrating Financial Capacity Building into Human Services Systems
Margaret Sherraden, Professor of Social Work, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Research Professor, Center for Social Development, Washington University
[Flash Video of Seminar (best viewed with a high speed internet connection)]

March 3, 2011

RIDGE Food Assistance Research Seminar Series
The Effects of SNAP on the Food Security of Poor Families with Children: New Evidence using an Instrumental Variables Approach
H. Luke Shaefer, Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan, and Research Affiliate, National Poverty Center, and IRP Visiting Food Assistance Scholar
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

March 10, 2011

Instability in the Lives of the Poor: How Policy Helps or Hurts Seminar Series
(cosponored by Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for Demography of Health and Aging)
Doubling Up When Times Are Tough: A Study of Obligations to Share a Home in Response to Economic Hardship
Judith A. Seltzer, Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
[Paper avaiable in PDF format]

March 24, 2011

IRP Visiting Scholar Seminar Series
U.S.-Mexico Local Labor Market Integration: Evidence from the Housing Bust
Brian Cadena, Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

April 7, 2011

Financial Security, Literacy, and Public Policy Seminar Series
Financial Literacy for Low Income People: Lessons from Soldiers and Implications for Financial Reform
Jeanne M. Hogarth, Program Manager, Consumer Education and Research Section Division of Consumer and Community Affairs, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
[PowerPoint available in PDF format | Flash Video of Seminar (best viewed with a high speed internet connection) or CFS YouTube]

April 14, 2011

Instability in the Lives of the Poor: How Policy Helps or Hurts Seminar Series (cosponsored by Center for Demography and Ecology)
Instability and Family Life
Andrew J. Cherlin, Benjamin H. Griswold, III, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University
[PowerPoint available in PDF format | Flash Video of Seminar (best viewed with a high speed internet connection)]

April 21, 2011

IRP General Poverty Research Seminar Series (cosponsored by Center for Financial Security)
Investing in Enduring Resources with the Earned Income Tax Credit: Barriers and Pathways to Social Mobility
Ruby Mendenhall, Assistant Professor in Sociology and African American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
[Available in PDF format: Paper | PowerPoint]

April 28, 2011

RIDGE Food Assistance Research Seminar Series
The Federal Reimbursement Rate and the Nutritional Quality of School Meals
David E. Frisvold, Assistant Professor of Economics, Emory University, and IRP Visiting Food Assistance Scholar
[PowerPoint available in PDF format]

May 5, 2011

Financial Security, Literacy, and Public Policy Seminar Series
Falling through the Cracks of Consumer Protection: The Financial Decisions of Low Income Homeowners
Carolina K. Reid, Manager, Research Group, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Concentrated Poverty Initiative
[PowerPoint available in PDF format | Flash Video of Seminar (best viewed with a high speed internet connection)]

Friday, May 6, 2011, 10:00-11:00 am, 8417 Social Science Building

IRP Brownbag (cosponsored with Financial Literacy and Disability Project, Center for Financial Security, and La Follette School of Public Affairs)
The Future of Disability Law and Policy
Peter Blanck, University Professor and Burton Blatt Institute Chairman, Syracuse University

May 12, 2011

IRP General Research Seminar Series (cosponsored with Financial Literacy and Disability Project, Center for Financial Security, and La Follette School of Public Affairs)
Family Geography: Proximity and Caregiving
Robert A. Pollak, Hernreich Distinguished Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis
[Available in PDF format: Background Paper | PowerPoint]

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