RIT Gannett Lecture Explores Globalization and Civic Engagement

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Social policy expert gives talk, April 24

The role of civic engagement grows increasingly critical as American society grapples with the widening chasm between its rich and poor.

Social policy expert Frances Fox Piven will give her talk, Globalization and Poverty: Civic Engagement in an Era of Declining Expectations, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, in Webb Auditorium in James E. Booth Building on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus.

Free and open to the public, the lecture is part of RITís Caroline Werner Gannett Lecture series, which explores globalization, human rights and citizenship through lectures and documentaries.

Piven is a distinguished professor of political science and sociology at City University of New York graduate center. Her most recent book, Work, Welfare and Politics, was published in 2002. In 2000, she received the American Sociological Associationís Distinguished Career Award.

"Frances Fox Piven is the consummate scholar and social policy activist whose work has challenged the social consciousness of American society and its civic institutions for more than four decades," says Robert Manning, RIT Gannett Professor of the Humanities and Gannett lecture series director.

For more information about the event, contact 475-2057 or visit www.rit.edu/gannettseries.