Public Event

Journalism and the Underclass
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
7:30 pm
Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 S. Goodwin Ave
Urbana (View Map)

Leon DeCosta Dash
CAS Professor of Journalism

This will be a wide-ranging talk, covering the issues of social exclusion and underclass life. Leon Dash will cover the period from 1971-96 plus broadening the scope to the current time. He will talk about adolescent mothers and their children growing up and living in urban poverty, but only a small percentage of them end up in the underclass. He will look at the prison inmate population, more than half of which is composed of the underclass — a subset of the poor. Members of the underclass are distinguished from the poor by petty criminal enterprise and criminal recidivism.