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John Iceland to give lecture on poverty in America

August 6, 2014

Michael Blackwell, director, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- John Iceland, professor of sociology and demography at Penn State University, will present a lecture on his book "Poverty in America: A Handbook" at the University of Northern Iowa. A book discussion is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26, followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Both events are in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME).

"The event is also in collaboration with the Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism. The hope is to continue our ongoing effort and redress poverty in the local area and beyond," said Michael Blackwell, director, Center for Multicultural Education, (CME).

Iceland is the author of two books on these issues "Where We Live Now: Immigration and Race in the United States" and "Poverty in America." He has written several articles on poverty measurement issues and has testified before a congressional subcommittee examining problems with the current U.S. official poverty measure. Iceland will offer his suggestions for how we can reduce or eliminate poverty here in the United States.

For more information, contact Michael Blackwell, director of the CME, at 319-273-2250 or