Journalist Bob Herbert to speak at UIC

Former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert will speak on “The Poverty Puzzle: Ending Poverty in America” in a panel discussion sponsored by the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bob Herbert

Bob Herbert, author and former New York Times columnist. (Click on image to download larger file.)


April 24, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Reception to follow.


UIC Student Center East, Room 605
750 S. Halsted St.


Poverty’s consequences grow exponentially, yet many anti-poverty strategies are incremental and narrowly targeted. Multidimensional strategies are needed to address poverty’s interdependent causes and accelerators simultaneously.

Herbert will examine national issues and trends affecting poverty.  Herbert was an editorial columnist for the New York Times from 1993 to 2011, writing about politics, urban affairs and social trends. He has earned numerous recognitions for journalism, including the Ridenhour Courage Prize for the “fearless articulation of unpopular truths.” His books include “Promises Betrayed: Waking Up from the American Dream” and the upcoming “Wounded Colossus.”

Herbert is a distinguished senior fellow at Demos, a research and policy center in New York; a trustee of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy; and a board member of the New Press.

Panelists discussing local poverty will include:

  • John Bouman, president of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
  • Will Burns, alderman of Chicago’s 4th Ward
  • Sol Flores, founding executive director of La Casa Norte, a nonprofit serving homeless families
  • Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871, an incubator for digital startups.

Teresa Córdova, director of the Great Cities Institute, will moderate.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP at To request disability accommodations, please contact the Great Cities Institute at (312) 996-8700 or

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