Can We End Poverty?
March 26, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Roone Arledge Auditorium
Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway
New York City
On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson delivered a State of the Union address to Congress in which he declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” Johnson’s goal was not only to “relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” Since then, federal and state governments have spent more than $19 trillion fighting poverty. But what has really been accomplished with all of that funding?
This special half‐day conference brings together a wide range of experts from across the political spectrum to discuss whether the War on Poverty succeeded in reducing poverty in the United States, what remains to be done, and whether private charitable efforts would be a better alternative to government welfare programs.
|8:00 a.m. — 8:30 a.m.|| Registration
|8:30 a.m. — 8:45 a.m.|| Welcome Address
President, Cato Institute
|8:45 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.|| Keynote Address
|9:30 a.m. — 10:45 a.m.|| PANEL 1: 50 Years of the War on Poverty: Success, Failure, Incomplete?
|10:45 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.|| Break
|11:00 a.m. — 12:15 p.m.|| PANEL 2: Private Alternatives to Government Welfare