[URPE] Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment
Matthew S Winters
msw22 at columbia.edu
Wed Mar 1 17:58:17 MST 2006
The Columbia University Seminar on Full Employment, Social Welfare and Equity
DATE: Monday 6 March - 7:15 p.m. - Faculty House
(Optional buffet dinner at 6:00 p.m. at Faculty House)
SPEAKER: Mark Levitan, Community Service Society of New York
TOPIC: Out of School, Out of Work... Out of Luck? New York City's
The problem of disconnected youth--16 through 24 year olds who are neither at
school nor in the labor force--is a significant issue in New York City city
because the city's disconnected rate is relatively high and the price of
prolonged disconnection is a lifetime of low-earnings and long bouts of
joblessness. The first part of the talk will lay out trends in the city over
time and compare them to trends in the nation at large. The second part will
focus on Black male youth and explore some hypotheses as to why their rates of
employment are so low. The talk will conclude with a discussion of the policy
Mark Levitan, whose Ph.D. in Economics is from the Graduate Faculty of the New
School for Social Research, has been a Senior Policy Analyst at the Community
Service Society (CSS) since 1997. There he has authored several
reports including: Out of School, Out of Work... Out of Luck? New York City's
Disconnected Youth; A Crisis of Black Male Employment: Unemployment and
Joblessness in New York City, 2003; Mothers' Work: Single Mothers' Employment,
Earnings and Poverty in the Age of Welfare Reform; and More Work, More School,
More Poverty? The Changing Face of Poor Families in New York City.
Dr. Levitan who is on the advisory boards of the Fiscal Policy Institute and
the Center for an Urban Future, chaired the Working Group on New York City's
Low-Wage Labor Market--which issued a major report entitled Building a Ladder
to Jobs and Higher Wages-- and is on the adjunct faculty af Cornell's New York
State School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He has also worked for
the Labor Resource Center of Queens College and the New York State Department
of Economic Development.
To access a copy of the report on which the talk is based, please go to
RSVP to Matt Winters (msw22 at columbia.edu) by Friday 3 March.
Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. at Faculty House, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. Enter via the
gate on the east side of Broadway at 116TH STREET; go through campus and cross
AMSTERDAM AVE. Continue on West 116th past the Law School and turn left
through the gate, turn right beyond Wein Hall on the right and go down the ramp
to Faculty House. Purchase a ticket for dinner ($19) at the ticket window on
the first floor, and then the dinner buffet is in the DeWitt Clinton Dining
Room on the fourth floor.
The seminar is at 7:15 p.m. in a room that will be announced in the Faculty
House lobby. Please look for a bulletin board posting.
University Seminar on Full Employment #613
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The seminar on Full Employment is chaired by Helen Lachs Ginsburg,
helenginsburg at yahoo.com, Sheila Collins, sheila.collins3 at verizon.net, and Trudy
Goldberg, trudygoldberg at msn.com.
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