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Timely Topics DINNER - The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina

  • NCSU University Club 4200 Hillsborough Street Raleigh, NC, 27606 United States (map)
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  • When: October 17th (cash bar opens at 5:30pm and dinner begins at 6:00pm)

  • Where: NCSU University Club

  • Cost: $25 (includes dinner)

  • Ticket Purchase Deadline: October 11th

The public is welcome to attend. League members are encouraged to bring friends!


This LWV-Wake Timely Topics event features Gene Nichol, a Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina. He was director of the UNC Poverty Center (2008-2015), president of the College of William & Mary (2005-2008), law dean at the University of Colorado (1988-1995), and dean at UNC from 1999-2005.

Mr. Nichol is the author of The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Stories From Our Invisible Citizens (2018); Federal Courts (2015); and (co-author) Where We Stand: Voices of Southern Dissent, as well as many articles in law journals. He has been a political columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and hosted a public affairs television show, “Culture Wars,” for KBDI in Denver. He’s been a columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer for fifteen years and writes regularly for the Charlotte Observer, Durham Herald-Sun and the Progressive Populist. He has also written for The Nation and the Washington Post. He is executive producer of the UNC-TV documentary, “A Generation of Change: Bill Friday, Terry Sanford and North Carolina” (2016).

Mr. Nichol attended Oklahoma State University, receiving a degree in philosophy (and, as he says “playing varsity football.”) He earned his J.D. from the University of Texas, graduating Order of the Coif (1973).

About His Talk: The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina

In his book, The Faces of Poverty in North Carolina: Our Invisible Citizens (2018) , Gene Nichol writes about the scores of homeless men, women, and children who take refuge in makeshift camps, barely hidden in the woods near some of NC’s most affluent neighborhoods. Hundreds wait long hours in lines to receive basic health care at underfunded free clinics. In large cities and small towns, children—especially children of color—rely on meals provided at their schools to keep hunger at bay, while parents struggle in jobs that fail to pay living wages. Professor Nichol will help us see what is too often invisible, to look past partisan divides and preconceived notions, and how to seek change. Only with a full commitment as a society, he will argue, will we success in truly ending poverty, which he calls our greatest challenge.

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To help raise funds for our upcoming 100th anniversary in 2020, we will raffle a donated prize at this event. Raffle tickets are $1 each and can be purchased from one of our volunteers before the program begins. The winner will be announced at the end of the event. You must be present to win. Thank you for your support of the League!

[Dinner Menu: Caesar salad, Pan Seared Mahi Mahi, Coconut basmati rice and mango chutney, Chocolate cream pie; To request a vegetarian meal contact Marlene Wilson]