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Robert Doar will explore the history and future trajectory of welfare policy in America. Weaving together personal anecdotes and statistical insights, he will explain the significant progress that has been made to alleviate poverty in past decades. At the same time, he will map out many of the obstacles still standing in the way of further advances. Developed through his own decades of experience and influenced by his father's public service, Robert will outline the most important features of an effective anti-poverty program that promotes work, family life, and civil society in order to lay the groundwork for a more prosperous America.

Group discounts for schools and other organizations available.
Register and pre-pay for 4 lectures and get the 5th free. Call 616.454.3080 to order.

A free livestream of this lecture will be available to view @ 12 noon Eastern on October 8 for those who cannot join in person.

 


Robert Doar
Robert Doar
American Enterprise Institute

President and Morgridge Scholar

Robert Doar is the president and Morgridge Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Doar joined AEI in 2014 to create a new body of work on poverty studies, after serving for more than 20 years in leadership positions in the social service programs of New York State and New York City under Gov. George Pataki and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. AEI's poverty studies program and the scholars in it have since become leading voices in the national discussion on the importance of work, family, and personal responsibility in human flourishing.

While at AEI, Mr. Doar has served also as a co-chair of the National Commission on Hunger and as a lead member of the AEI-Brookings Working Group on Poverty and Opportunity. He was editor of "A Safety Net That Works: Improving Federal Programs for Low-Income Americans" (AEI Press, 2017) and a contributing author to "This Way Up: New Thinking About Poverty and Economic Mobility" (2018); "Work, Skills, Community: Restoring Opportunity for the Working Class" (2018); and "Opportunity, Responsibility, and Security: A Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream" (2015).

In January 2019, Mr. Doar was selected by AEI's Board of Trustees to be the Institute's 12th president, succeeding Arthur Brooks on July 1, 2019. Mr. Doar leads one of the nation's oldest and most respected public policy think tanks, which is dedicated to bolstering free enterprise and innovation, strengthening our communities, defending our nation's founding values, and revitalizing the foundations of American defense.

Event Details

Start Date

Location

Acton Institute | Mark Murray Auditorium
98 E. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States

Schedule

11:30 a.m. Doors open
12:00 p.m. Lecture begins
12:30 p.m. Q&A
1:00 p.m. Lecture ends

Tickets

$15 General | $10 Student
Includes box lunch and beverage

(Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee a box lunch.)

Group discounts for schools and other organizations available.
Register and pre-pay for 4 lectures and get the 5th free. Call 616.454.3080 to order.

Event livestream is free.

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