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Forum on the Future “Poverty and Income Inequality in Maine”

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Sunday, March 4 at Jewett Hall, UMA Augusta Campus

The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) College of Arts and Sciences and the UMA Senior College (UMASC) announce the next Forum on the Future entitled: Poverty and Income Inequality in Maine on March 4, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Jewett Hall on UMA’s Augusta campus. (A snow date is scheduled for March 25, 2018.) There will be a panel presentation followed by a question and answer period. This Forum on the Future presentation seek to examine these issues as they affect all of us in our state, promote an exchange of ideas, and perhaps stimulate social change. All Forums are free and open to the public. The first half of the program is devoted to the panel presenters, with a refreshment break, followed by a question and answer period.

The Forum will be moderated by Chuck Acker, Ph.D., committee chair, and former chairman of UMASC.

Amanda Rector Forum on Future
Amanda Rector, M.A., Maine’s State Economist

Amanda Rector, M.A., Maine’s State Economist will leadoff the panel discussion. Originally from the coast of Maine, Amanda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and a Master’s Degree from in Public Policy from the Muskie School of Public Service. Her multi-faceted job entails ongoing analysis of Maine’s economy to inform planning and policy decisions, including special research projects undertaken with and for the Governor’s office, the Legislature and other state agencies. Rector also serves as the Governor’s liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau, a member of the Revenue Forecasting Committee, and supports the Director of the Office of Policy and Management on economic and tax policy issues affecting our state. She will give us an overview of Maine’s economy, distribution of income, the difference between income inequality and poverty, and their effect upon the economy.

Andy Schaefer Forum on Future
Dr. Andrew Schaefer, Vulnerable Families Research Scientist

Another panel member is Dr. Andrew Schaefer, who lives in Maine and is a Vulnerable Families Research Scientist at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. His work involves research on poverty, the social safety net, women and work; and includes policies and programs that support low-income and other working families. Currently he is exploring counties with high child poverty and the economic conditions of immigrants in rural areas. Schaefer earned a Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration on work, families and religion, from the University of New Hampshire; a Master’s Degree from the University of New Hampshire, and a Bachelor’s degree from Keene State College. Consistent with his expertise, Schaefer will examine poverty at the family level, root causes, factors that perpetuate poverty, as well as the interaction of food insecurity, lack of education, transportation barriers, unemployment, and the effects of mood on motivation

Ed Cervone Forum on Future
Ed Cervone, M.A., Executive Director of Educate Maine

Rounding out the panel is Ed Cervone, M.A., Executive Director of Educate Maine, an organization dedicated to programs and policies that make it possible for Maine Students to succeed in school, higher education, and careers. He has been involved in Maine’s nonprofit sector for over a decade, working on issues that relate to education and economic development. Other experiences include several roles at the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine Center for Economic Policy. A graduate of Princeton University, he also has a Master’s Degree from the University of Maine. Much of his free time is spent in the north woods of Maine. He will identify government and non-profits that mitigate poverty, introduce the influence of early childhood care and education, and how Educate Maine works to increase workforce preparation and employment.

Additional Information

UMASC is open to all persons of 55 and older, their spouses or partners. For more information about spring and fall classes and other activities, call 621-3551, e-mail at umasc@maine.edu or check our web page, umasc.org.

NOTE: Snow dates are used in cases of severe weather or if the University of Maine at Augusta is closed. Please check our telephone, 621-3551 or the web site umasc.org for closing information.