ConverAction: Class, Poverty, and the International Community


Immediately following the conversation with Mary O’Hara, a ConverAction will be held. This discussion will be moderated by Nejra Kravic ’21 from the Scripps International Community (SIC).

Wednesday, February 10 

Conversation with Mary O’Hara begins at 10:00 a.m.

ConverAction will follow immediately.


What does it mean to be poor in Britain and America? For decades, the primary narrative about poverty in both countries is that it has been caused by personal flaws or “bad life decisions” rather than policy choices or economic inequality. This misleading account has become deeply embedded in the public consciousness with serious ramifications for how financially vulnerable people are seen, spoken about, and treated. Drawing on a two-year multi-platform initiative, award-winning journalist and author Mary O’Hara, author of The Shame Game: Overturning the Toxic Poverty Narrative, asks how we can overturn this portrayal once and for all. Crucially, she turns to the real experts to try to find answers—the people who live it.

ConverAction:  Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join a discussion exploring how international student community members are and continue to navigate the Scripps experience and how we find our human connection within our community.