Top National Experts to Debate Provocative Solutions for Ending Urban Poverty

March 20, 2014

USC Price Centers to Convene Conference of Country’s Leading Thinkers March 27-28;

Will Unveil Never-Before-Seen Photo Exhibition of Poverty in Southern CA

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On the heels of U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan’s announcement March 5 on proposed plans to cut poverty programs, the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, in partnership with the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise, will host top urban policy scholars from around the country to debate and look at the most promising ways to combat poverty. What is working and why? Fifty years since the launch of the “War on Poverty,” what programs are not working and should be ended?

The USC centers also will be unveiling a never-before-seen photo exhibition depicting the faces of poverty in Southern California. Commissioned for the conference, the exhibition shows what everyday life is like for residents of the ethnically diverse City Heights area in CA. Though living in an urban neighborhood undergoing revitalization, many City Heights residents still struggle below the poverty line, as do nearly one in five Southern Californians.  Over the last 2 ½ years, USC has conducted several studies on City Heights to evaluate its anti-poverty programs and policies.



March 27-28, 2014

Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon  



USC Doheny Memorial Library, 3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles 90089

Conference is by invitation only.  Media should pre-register for the event by contacting the media representative below.



Among scholars/experts presenting at the “Innovating to End Urban Poverty” Conference:

  • Alan Berube, senior fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Raphael Bostic, professor and director, USC Bedrosian Center on Governance and former assistant secretary, U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
  • Sheldon H. Danziger, president, Russell Sage Foundation
  • Robert Greenstein, president, The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Manuel Pastor, USC professor of American Studies and Ethnicity
  • Heather Schwartz, full policy research, RAND, St. Louis
  • Margery Turner, senior vice president, Urban Institute