Sidore Lecturer Discusses Why the Working Poor Go Hungry Nov. 7

October 30th, 2007 by Adam

The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Dr. J. Larry Brown speaking on Why the Working Poor Go Hungry at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7. at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Brown was the founding director of the Center on Hunger and Poverty at Brandeis University and now serves as a visiting scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he also served as chairman of the Physician Task Force on Hunger in American.

Government data reveal that each year 35 million Americans live in households that do not have resources to provide enough for family members to eat, but the reasons for this tragedy go largely unnoticed.

Brown, a leading scholarly authority on hunger, will address the factors behind this issue and outline what we can do to make America a nation where everyone has an adequate diet.

“The fact that more than one in every ten Americans is impacted by food insecurity makes us quite unique among wealthy democracies in the world. The U.S. is not the only nation where people go hungry but it is the only wealthy industrial nation where such a high percentage of its population suffers from nutritional deprivation due to inadequate incomes. Nearly one in five children in our nation lives below the poverty level. We have more than enough food to end this problem. The real issue is not whether America can end hunger, the question is whether we have the leadership to do so,” Brown said in his paper on Hunger in America.

Brown is the immediate past chairman of the board of Oxfam America, and served as assistant director of Peace Corps/VISTA under President Carter. He also chaired the Medical Task Force of USA for Africa/Hands Across America. Dr. Brown is the author of numerous articles in both lay and scientific journals, including Scientific American and The Encyclopaedia Britannica Medical and Health Annual. He is the author of several books including Living Hungry in America and appears frequently on national television programs including Nightline, The Today Show and Good Morning America.

All Sidore events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public at the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center on Main Street in Plymouth.

Advance reservations are recommended and may be made by calling (603) 535-ARTS. Each talk is followed by a reception with refreshments. For lecture series information, call
(603) 535-2507.

The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at Plymouth State in1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. Series information can be found online at
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[ED. NOTE: the omission of the period after the middle initial in the Sidore name is not an error. PSU adheres to the wishes of the family in presenting the name in this format.]