Welch Series Lecture Topic: "Why Poverty Persists in Rural America"

Dr. Cynthia (Mil) Duncan will address "Why Poverty Persists in Rural America" on Friday, March 28, as part of theWelch Appalachian Social and Economic Justice Lecture Series at Eastern Kentucky University.

The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. in EKU’s Business and Technology Center Auditorium.

Duncan is the founding director of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Widely recognized for her research on rural poverty and changing rural communities, Duncan was a sociologist at UNH for 11 years before leaving to become director of the Ford Foundation's Community and Resource Development Unit in 2000.

While at the Ford Foundation she was responsible for a team of national and international leaders in the community development, youth, and environmental fields. In 1999, Duncan published “Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural America,” which received the American Sociological Association’s Robert E. Park Award for the best book in Community and Urban Sociology.

Duncan, a recipient of the UK Department of Sociology Thomas R. Ford Distinguished Alumni Award, is currently updating her book, “Worlds Apart: Why Poverty Persists in Rural Appalachia.”

The lecture series honors the memory of the late Rob Welch, a Fulbright Scholar who taught social work courses at EKU from 1979 until his death in 2006.

For more information, contact Dr. Caroline Reid, associate professor of social work at EKU, at caroline.reid@eku.edu. To register, contact Lauren Miller at lauren.miller@eku.edu.

Published on March 06, 2014