Shaping our Children's Destinies

How policies in child welfare, education, and health are affecting at-risk children

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Currently, more than 35 percent of all children in foster care are African American, one in four American children is obese or at risk for obesity, and only one in three public elementary schools have universal pre-K programs. Three experts will explore these pressing issues for at-risk children presenting new research and ideas.


Dorothy Roberts, IPR Faculty Fellow; Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law, Northwestern University; author of Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2003) and “Racial Disproportionality in the U.S. Child Welfare System: Documentation, Research on Causes, and Promising Practices” (Annie E. Casey, 2002).

P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, IPR Faculty Fellow; Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University; co-editor of Human Development Across Lives and Generations: The Potential for Change (Cambridge, 2004); Chair, Board of Directors, Foundation for Child Development

Kristin Butcher, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; co-author of “Maternal Employment and Overweight Children” (Journal of Health Economics, 27, 2003); and “Reading, Writing, and Raisinets: Do School Finances Contribute to Childhood Obesity?” (Mimeo, 2004)


Therese McGuire, IPR Faculty Fellow; Professor of Management and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Complete video (RealMedia)
(4k/1 hour)

Tuesday, November 30, 12:00-1:30 p.m.*
Wieboldt Hall, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
340 E. Superior St., 4th floor, Chicago Campus