Carsey Institute Fall Seminar Series Introduces Rural Fellows
September 12, 2007
Presentations are held in the MUB from 12:40 – 2 pm unless otherwise
noted. Bring your lunch. All are welcome to attend.
Thursday, Oct. 4 – “Livelihood Practices in the Shadow of
Welfare Reform: A Study of Poverty and Hardship in Rural Appalachia” -
Ann Tickamyer, professor of sociology, Ohio University, MUB 302.
Even before the advent of welfare reform, studies of low-income women
show that low-wage employed women are worse off than those who combine
welfare with other income sources and that most use a wide variety of livelihood
strategies. This is especially the case in poor rural settings where work
is scarce and additional obstacles to employment such as lack of transportation
and childcare are endemic.
In this seminar, Tickamyer will discuss the results of her research about
women in a distressed region of Appalachian Ohio who use human services
programs. The research demonstrates the problems in making ends meet for
both low-income workers and nonworkers. Overall, workers are better off
than nonworkers, as they employ a wide variety of livelihood practices
beyond work for wages. Nevertheless, they remain poor and vulnerable to
Thursday, Nov. 1 –“Race and Changing Neighborhood Concentrations
of America’s Rural Poor
Population,” Daniel Lichter, director, Bronfenbrenner Life Course
Center and Ferris Family Professor in the department of Policy Analysis
and Management, Cornell University, MUB 332.
The 1990s brought large reductions in geographically concentrated poverty
in the United States. The past decade ushered in large reductions in the
neighborhood concentration of poverty within the nation’s largest
cities. In rural areas, the number of high-poverty counties declined as
well as the share of population – including the poor people – living
But declines in concentrated county-level poverty may mask increasingly
concentrated poverty within rural counties. In this seminar, Lichter will
discuss whether poverty has become a defining factor segregating rural
communities, what social and economic factors are impacting these trends,
and how these trends have been shaped by changing settlement patterns of
rural minorities, especially by blacks.