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Columbia’s National Center for Children in Poverty: Online Book Discussion

On September 27, Dr. Renée Wilson-Simmons, director of the Mailman School of Public Health’s National Center for Children in Poverty, will talk with author Lenette Azzi-Lessing about her book, Behind from the Start: How America’s War on the Poor is Harming Our Most Vulnerable Children. Azzi-Lessing debunks many of the myths that help perpetuate the cycle of poverty in the U.S. and describes how negative public and political discourse regarding poor families impacts the poorly conceived and fragmented programs intended to support them.

Drawing on Azzi-Lessing’s knowledge from neuroscience, media studies, and public policy, as well as her experiences as a practicing social worker, Behind from the Start offers an important take on both the problem and promising solutions.

The discussion takes place on September 27, 2:00-3:00pm ET, as part of the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) Online Book Discussion series.

Wilson-Simmons leads a discussion every other month on what can be done to prevent and reduce child poverty through a range of book titles that are likely to interest people from all walks of life and lead to provocative discussions about the pervasiveness of poverty and the potential for prevention and reduction.


The 2017 NCCP Online Book Discussion is made possible with support from The Annie E. Casey Foundation.