2015–2016 IRP Webinar Series

IRP places a high priority on making knowledge and information available to interested parties. In addition to our on-campus seminar series, IRP offers regular online webinars on current research on poverty and social inequality in the United States. Register for upcoming webinars or watch recordings of past webinars.

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July 13, 2016, 1:00–2:00pm CDT

Rural Development after the Great Recession

Featuring: Gary Green, Professor of Community & Environmental Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Carol Wetuski, USDA Rural Development Area Director, Stevens Point, WI Office

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This webinar will examine population and labor market trends in the rural United States since the Great Recession and look at state- and federal-level USDA initiatives aimed at helping recovering rural economies and households.


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June 8, 2016, 1:00–2:00pm CDT

How Economic and Social Disadvantage Affects Health and Life Opportunities

Featuring Geoffrey Swain, Sheri Johnson, and Katie Ports

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In this webinar, the presenters will discuss how economic and social disadvantages are associated with worse health outcomes over the life course. The presentations will focus on:

  • How individual- and community-level deprivation and chronic, unmitigated stress affects health in different stages of the life course
  • Perceived discrimination among young adult expectant parents
  • The effects of adverse childhood experiences on long-term health outcomes

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April 13, 2016, 1:00–2:00pm CDT

Rethinking Neighborhood Violence in Chicago

Featuring Robert Vargas and Forrest Stuart

Robert Vargas and Forrest Stuart

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Although violence in Chicago is often presented as being random, the presenters in this webinar will show that there are particular patterns and mechanisms behind violence in the city. Robert Vargas will draw on work from his new book, Wounded City, to discuss how conflict among city political groups concentrates violence on particular pockets of blocks in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. Then, based on interviews and field work from Chicago's South Side, Forrest Stuart will explain how social media can serve to catalyze gang violence, but also how youth strategically use social media to avoid and mitigate violence.  

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February 10, 2016, 1:00 - 2:00pm CST

Who's Involved in the Child Welfare System and Why?

Featuring Kristen Shook Slack and Christopher Wildeman

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In this webinar, Kristi Shook Slack and Christopher Wildeman will examine the likelihood of a child becoming involved in the child welfare system and discuss the relationship between child maltreatment, poverty, economic hardship, and other risk factors.


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December 2, 2015, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CST

SNAP Matters: How Food Stamps Affect Health and Well-Being

Featuring: Judi Bartfeld, Craig Gundersen, Timothy Smeeding, and James Ziliak

Judi Bartfeld, Craig Gundersen, Timothy Smeeding, and James Ziliak

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In this webinar, Bartfeld, Gundersen, Smeeding, and Ziliak will discuss findings from their new edited volume from Stanford University Press on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps. The presenters will discuss issues that will include changes in SNAP participation over time and the impact of SNAP on poverty, food security, consumption, health, and obesity.

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November 4, 2015, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST

How Merging Psychology and Economics Can Contribute to Poverty Research and Policy

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Justin Sydnor and Lydia Ashton

Featuring: Justin Sydnor and Lydia Ashton

In this webinar, Justin Sydnor and Lydia Ashton will provide an overview of behavioral economics and neuroeconomics and discuss how findings from these two fields can be applied to poverty research and policy. Lydia Ashton will also present some results from her ongoing "Hunger Games" research, in which she examines how hunger affects economic decision-making.

Previous IRP Webinars: 2015–2016 | 2014–2015 | 2013–2014 | 2012–2013