The Humanities Institute

Program Archive


In the fall of 2003, the Scripps College Humanities Institute will be holding a semester-long program on “Poverty.” Throughout the term, we hope to address a number of issues involving the history of poverty and poor relief, social policy and social activism, narratives of inequality and the documentary tradition, the gendering of poverty, health and inequality, food and hunger, inequality and development. The program includes a conference on Women and Poverty in U.S., co-sponsored and co-organized with Intercollegiate Women’s Studies.

Speakers and Events

September 2, 2003
Ellie Irons '03

Clark Humanities Museum

An exhibition of photographs curated by Ellie Irons '03. Includes works by Manuel Carillo, Lewis Hine, Helen Levitt, Irving Penn, Sebastio Salgado, Steve Shapiro, Marion Post Wolcott, and Max Yavno.

September 11, 2003
Film Series

Scripps College

September 11
Stranger with a Camera
(Elizabeth Barret, 2000. 62 minutes)
Introduction and Q&A with Professor Susan Seizer
Scripps College Humanities 204 7:00 p.m.

October 8
Life and Debt
(Stephanie Black. 2001, 86 minutes)
Introduction and Q&A with the Director
Rose Hills Theatre,
Smith Campus Center,
Pomona College
7:00 p.m.

November 3
Senorita Extraviada, Missing Young Woman
(Lourdes Portillo. 2001, 74 minutes)
Introduction and Q&A with the Director
Humanities Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

November 20
Eating Welfare
(Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence, 57 minutes)
Introduction and Q&A with Professor Seung Hye Suh
Scripps College Humanities Auditorium 7:00 p.m.

September 25, 2003

Hampton Room, Malott Commons

4:15 pm
Maurice Isserman, 
History, Hamilton College
Michael Harrington: "The Man Who Discovered Poverty"

7:30 pm
Alex Kotlowitz
Author of There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America(1991)
The Things They Carry: Growing Up Poor in the World's Richest Nation

Dorothy Roberts
Professor of Law and Institute for Policy Research, 
Northwestern University
How the Child Welfare System Hides Poverty


October 6, 2003
Christine Ahn
Economic and Social Human Rights Program, FoodFirst: Institute for Food and Development Policy

Shafted: Free Trade and America's Working Poor
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

October 28, 2003
Vandana Shiva
Director, Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, New Delhi

Humanities Auditorium

November 5, 2003
Majid Rahnema
Pitzer College

'Give Us Our Poverty Back!': A View of the Modern Economic Myth from the Poor's Perspective
Hampton Room, Malott Commons

November 13, 2003

Hampton Room, Malott Commons

Frances Fox Piven
Political Science and Sociology, CUNY
Why Poor Women Are At the Vortex of American Neo-Liberalism

Carol Stack
Social and Cultural Studies in Education, UC Berkeley
Doing Public Anthropology for Social Justice

Mily Trevino-Saucedi Et Al.
Organizacion en California de Lideres Campesinas

Los Angeles Poverty Department
La Llorona: Weeping Women on Skid Row

Becky Dennison
Downtown Women's Action Coalition

Social Welfare Policy:
Then and Now
Lynn Karoly
Felicia Kornbluh
History, Duke University
Margaret Prescod and Lynda Brewer,
Every Mother is a Working Mother Network, L.A.

Challenges of Survival: Homelessness, Housing, and Banking Rights
Haleemah Henderson
Strategic Action for Just Economy
Anisa Mendizbal
Downtown Women's Center, L.A.
Nancy Mintie
Uncommon Ground

Low-Wage Work
Madeline Janis-Aparicio
L.A. Alliance for a New Economy
Kimi Lee
Garment Worker Center, L.A. 
Maria Soldatenko
Gender and Feminist Studies and Chicana Studies, Pitzer College 

Families, Children and Economic Deprivation
Toni Campbell
Child & Adolescent Development,
San Jose State University
Rashmita Mistry
Psychological Studies in Education, UCLA
Amy Pellman
Alliance for Children's Rights, L.A.

Challenges of Survival: Child Care, Food Security, and Healthcare
Jessica Bartholow
California Hunger Action Network, 
Alameda County Food Bank
Sylvia Drew-Ivie
T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Clinic, L.A.
Nancy Strohl
Childcare Law Center, San Francisco 

The Future of Women and Poverty: Policy and Practice 
Roundtable with conference participants