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“Crisis of the working poor” series continues

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Last updated July 20, 2014

By Tina Underwood

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The Riley Institute and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman University present Straight Talk SC, their fourth annual weekly series. The second session in the series, “Can’t Win for Losing: The Crisis of the Working Poor,” takes place 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 29 in Younts Conference Center on the Furman University campus.

For Straight Talk SC 2014, OLLI @ Furman and the Riley Institute have tapped leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors to address one of the more pressing social and economic issues of our time. All sessions are moderated by Mark Quinn, Director of member and public relations, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, and former host of SCETV’s The Big Picture.

Tuesday’s session, “Questioning the American Dream: Families and Neighbors Living on the Brink,” examines life on the edge of poverty and pathways to economic mobility.

The session features Kyle Longest, Ph.D., Furman University Assistant Professor of Sociology who leads an interactive session in which he analyzes the bills, dollars and pennies of a family that is “barely getting by in South Carolina.”

Also for the July 29 session, Danny Avula, M.D., Deputy Director of the Richmond City Health Department presents what he has discovered during the last decade as his family has lived in intentional community with neighbors very different from themselves.

All sessions are open to the public. The cost for each session is $15. For more information about the series, follow the link found here. Or contact OLLI at (864) 294-2998. For speaker bios, follow this link. To register for any or all of the events, use this link.

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