Author talks ‘On Reality of Poverty’ at St. Scholastica

Jonathan Morduch

Jonathan Morduch

Jonathan Morduch, author and professor of public policy and economics at New York University, will speak about “The Reality of Poverty” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Mitchell Auditorium on The College of St. Scholastica campus. The public is welcome; there is no charge for the event.

Morduch’s lecture is part of a series called Confronting Global Poverty, sponsored by the Alworth Center for the Study of Peace and Justice at St. Scholastica. The series explores the planet’s impoverished conditions. The World Bank calculates that half of the world’s population lives on less than $2.50/day and that the poorest 40 percent represents only 5 percent of global income.

Morduch is one of four authors of “Portfolios of the Poor,” a record of year-long interviews with impoverished villagers in Bangladesh, India and South Africa. The book reveals how most poor households live, not hand-to-mouth but instead through a variety of informal and creative financial tools.

The final lecture in this series is outlined below. For more information visit or contact the Spotlight Box Office at (218) 723-7000. is St. Scholastica’s one-stop shop for arts and lectures information and tickets.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4
Mitchell Auditorium
“Poverty and the World’s Water Supply”
Maude Barlow, Canadian environmentalist, author and activist

The College of St. Scholastica is regularly recognized as one of the finest colleges in the Midwest. The 2013 “America’s Best Colleges” survey by U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks St. Scholastica in the top tier of Midwestern universities. The Washington Post has rated St. Scholastica as one of the nation’s 100 “hidden gems” among U.S. colleges and universities.

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