April 8th, 2015 @ 3 p.m.
Fifty years after its publication, “the Moynihan Report” remains a touchstone in contemporary racial politics, cited by President Barack Obama and Congressman Paul Ryan among others. When Americans discuss race, the Moynihan Report remains a vital part of the discussion.
On April 8 at 3pm at UIC’s Institute for the Humanities, Daniel Geary, the Mark Pigott Lecturer in American History at Trinity College-Dublin, will speak about the 1965 Report and its reverberating reception throughout the nation. Moynihan’s famous report, entitled, “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” concluded that the persistent nature of black poverty in America was at least partly attributable to the relative absence of nuclear families. Geary’s research complicates this typical understanding of the report.