Conversations about Poverty with Dr. Stephen Pimpare

Dr. Stephen Pimpare

In the fall of 2011 and early 2012, renowned poverty expert Stephen Pimpare, author of A People’s History of Poverty in America, engaged VISTAs in a series of conversations about poverty in the United States that examined poverty using a variety of lenses and viewpoints.

We have archived video recordings of and handouts for the three webinars.


Historical Perspectives on Poverty

Thursday, October 27, 2011
This webinar introduced a range of perspectives on poverty in the U. S., with an emphasis on how people living with poverty, hunger, and homelessness have described those experiences for themselves. Using history as a jumping-off point for our discussion, we looked at how the experience of being poor has or has not changed over time, as well as how the perspective of people living in poverty may differ from the perspectives of others.




Who’s Poor Today? What Every VISTA Should Know

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
This webinar examined the most recent Census Bureau data on poverty in the U.S., paying special attention to the ways in which rates vary by age, race, gender, and geography. We also reviewed the brand-new Supplemental Poverty Measure to see how it differs and how it provides another look at how poverty is distributed among Americans.



Causes of Poverty: The Economic Crisis and Beyond

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
This webinar discussed the Great Recession, looking at its effects upon employment, household wealth, access to health care, and more. We examined efforts by the federal government to reduce poverty during this period, evaluated its success, and talked about whether the causes of poverty today are different than the causes during "normal times."