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Dec. 11, 2006 -- No. 594

National experts lend essays, insights to book
being published by UNC poverty center

CHAPEL HILL - An array of national leaders on topics related to the economic and social challenges posed by poverty in America have collaborated with leaders of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity to publish a book titled "Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream."

The book, due out in April 2007, is a collection of 19 original essays authored by prominent academics and public intellectuals and is the first book published by the center since its creation in February 2005. The publication will include seven sidebars by community leaders describing successful programs run by practitioners and illustrating or expanding upon the principal essays. The book will be published by The New Press, a nonprofit publisher, with proceeds from the book benefiting the center's future programming.

Editors of the book are center director and former U.S. Senator John Edwards; Marion Crain, the center's deputy director and the Paul Eaton Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law; and Arne Kalleberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology and senior associate dean for social sciences and international programs in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.

Center staff members expect this book to be used as a text in college classrooms and as a primer of sorts for interested laypeople, as well as practitioners, policymakers and academics.

"We know we can make progress in the fight against poverty when we focus on the problem and implement smart policies," Edwards said. "But the poverty rate is higher today than it was 30 years ago and the public debate on poverty is stagnant.

"We hope this book will help ignite a nationwide resurgence of innovative thinking and practical solutions for ending poverty. The essays in the book are a reflection of the discussion we have begun over the last two years at the Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity, where we aim to be on the leading edge of this renewed national effort."

Authors featured in the book are:

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School of Law contact: Matt Marvin, (919) 962-4125 or mmarvin@email.unc.edu
Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity contact: Laura Hogshead, (919) 843-9032, laurah@email.unc.edu
News Services contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093 or lisa_katz@unc.edu