NEW REPORT: Framing Poverty & Low Wage Work

It's going to be a busy 24 hours.

On Wednesday evening I will be at the Center for Inquiry-NYC for the latest in our Speaking Science 2.0 tour. Then I will head back to DC for a Thursday morning press conference where I will be talking about a report that argues for new directions in communicating about poverty and low wage work. Sponsored by Inclusion and the Joyce Foundation, details are posted below. I will have much more to say about the report later this week.

Directly after the press conference, I drive to Bucknell University where I will meet back up with Chris Mooney for a Thursday evening Speaking Science 2.0 presentation (Details here.)

Inclusion's Mobility Agenda invites you to a timely discussion about cross-Atlantic issues including employment, poverty, mobility, and the economy.

DATE: October 25, 2007
TIME: 10 - 11:30 AM
PLACE: Phoenix Park Hotel Ballroom, 520 North Capitol Street, NW

This event will feature two major presentations.

First, we will hear from the Secretary of Work and Pensions in the UK, the Rt. Hon. Peter Hain MP. Mr. Hain is a distinguished politician having served in various positions in the UK Labour Government and contributed to many aspects of Britain's domestic and foreign policies. In his first public speech in the US since his appointment, he will discuss these longstanding goals to increase employment and reduce inequality.

Second, Inclusion will release a new report written by Matthew C. Nisbet, a professor in the School of Communication at American University. The report, Communicating about Poverty and Low Wage Work: A New Agenda, reviews research and survey work in the US on how messages shape public perspectives. He will share his conclusions about the promising implications of the UK approach on these issues for the United States and recommendations on next steps.

Beth Shulman, author of The Betrayal of Work and co-chair of The Fairness Initiative, will offer a reaction and start the conversation.

This event will make an important contribution to the discussion about developing new policy goals in the United States. For additional information: Lessons from the UK and US: Developing Goals for Economic Mobility, Social Inclusion, and Employment. Seating is limited. To RSVP, send an e-mail to rsvp (at)

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