Pulitzer Prize winner to speak about struggles of working poor Feb. 21
Feb 19, 2007
The University of Toledo College of Law will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist David Shipler Wednesday, Feb. 21, as its 25th annual Cannon Lecturer. The free, public lecture will begin at noon in the Law Center Auditorium.
Shipler will discuss issues touched upon in his 2005 book, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, in which Shipler presents an intimate portrait of working American families struggling against insurmountable odds to escape poverty. Those challenges include decaying housing, health care and education. Shipler, a former New York Times reporter and author of four books, will not only illustrate these challenges through the lives of the individuals he portrays in the book, but also will offer recommendations for change.
His visit coincides with a yearlong celebration of the UT College of Law’s rich heritage of public service. Celebrating 100 years, the college has expanded opportunities for law students interested in devoting their time, or their careers, to the public interest, honored those in the community who take the lead in serving the public, and will later this spring unveil a newly renovated Legal Clinic. For more than three decades, faculty and students from the UT College of Law Legal Clinic have helped thousands of underserved people protect their legal interests.
The Cannon Lecture Series was established in 1980 in memory of former Toledo attorney Joseph A. Cannon through a generous gift from his family and friends. The lecture series is intended to provide an opportunity for the College of Law to host individuals of national prominence who, in discussing questions of law and society, will emphasize the humanistic dimension as well as the limitations of the legal system.
The 25th annual Cannon Lecture is co-sponsored by the UT Law student chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Public Interest Law Association and the Student Bar Association.
For more information, call the Law Communications Office at 419.530.2712.