Is An End To Poverty Possible?

TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 27, 2009) – A University of South Florida Department of Geography colloquium will explore the issue “The End of Poverty: Is it Possible?” with Pennsylvania State University Professor Lakshman Yapa, March 6, 1:15 p.m. in the Chemistry Building Room 217.  This event is free and open to the public. 


Yapa will discuss the Philadelphia Urban Poverty Project, an example of an unconventional approach to finding answers to the problem of poverty.


“We believe our academic community, which is very engaged in the Tampa Bay community, will find inspiration and practical ideas from the work being done by Dr. Yapa and his colleagues,” said Department of Geography Chairman Bob Brinkmann.  “Their interdisciplinary rethinking of what leads to and away from poverty may have applications for us to consider and tailor to our needs.  We’re very excited about this discussion, which is very much on everyone’s minds these days.”


Yapa’s visit is sponsored by the Office of the Provost.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.