Dr. Luke Shaefer to Preach and Speak Feb. 26

Dr. Luke Shaefer will preach at St. Matthew’s on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 8a and 10a. He will speak at 2pm in the nave about the depth of poverty in the U.S. and how so many people survive on just $2 a day.

As co-author of the book, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, Luke Shaefer has followed his childhood dream of working to help make life better for families experiencing poverty in America. “The thing that keeps me awake at night,” he says, “is wondering how we can make the U.S. social safety net as effective as possible at serving low-income families with children.” $2.00 a Day, with Kathryn J. Edin, brings together hard data and powerful stories of real families living on almost nothing to tell the compelling story of Americans trying to make it at poverty’s hardest edges.

Luke Shaefer, Ph.D. is the director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, an interdisciplinary, university-level initiative that seeks to inform, identify, and test innovative strategies to prevent and alleviate poverty. He is an associate professor at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. His research on poverty and social welfare policy in the United States has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals such as Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the American Journal of Public Health, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation, among other sources. Shaefer has presented his research at the White House and before numerous federal agencies, has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and has consulted with a number of the nation’s largest social service providers as well as numerous community-based agencies. His work has been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Vox, the LA Times, and Huffington Post, among other media outlets, and he has been featured on such programs as Marketplace, and CNBC’s Nightly Business Report. His recent book with Kathryn Edin, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2015 by the New York Times Book Review, and won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, among other awards.

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