Archive | November 2014

Professor talks poverty during Hunger Awareness Month

CHARLESTON — One in five Coles County citizens lives in poverty.

That 2012 statistic, 22.9 percent, is striking when compared to 2003, when 13.2 percent, a little more than one in 10 Coles County citizens, were impoverished. And compare that 2012 statistic to percentages across the state (14.7 percent) and the nation (15.9 percent).

The problems don’t end for individuals or families just because they’re a little higher than the absolute poverty line, Eastern Illinois University professor Michael Gillespie said. During November, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month, Gillespie has given a series of lectures focused on poverty; he gave his last one, concerning how to help alleviate poverty in the county, Tuesday afternoon.

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Public Lecture: Addressing Poverty & Food Insecurity in East-Central Illinois

On Tuesday November 18, 2014, I presented data from my research as a public lecture for the Academy of Lifelong Learning at EIU, and as part of the 2014 EIU Hunger Challenge for the EIU Hunger Action Team.     You can download the presentation slides here: Academy of Lifelong Learning Nov 18

“Hand To Mouth” and the rationality of the poor

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Here’s one thing that you do as a mathematician a lot: change the assumptions and see how wildly the conclusions change. You usually start with lots of assumptions, and then see how things change when they are taken away one by one: what if the ring isn’t commutative? What if it doesn’t have a “1”?

Of course, it’s easy enough to believe that we can no longer prove the same theorems when we don’t start with the same kinds of mathematical set-ups. But this kind of thing can also apply to non-mathematical scenarios as well.

So, for example, I’ve long thought that the “marshmallow” experiment is nearly universally misunderstood: kids wait for the marshmallow for exactly as long as it makes sense to them to wait. If they’ve been brought up in an environment where delayed gratification pays off, and where the rules don’t change in the meantime, and where they…

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Public Lecture: Poverty & Food Insecurity in East-Central Illinois

On Tuesday November 11, 2014, I presented data from my research as a public lecture for the Academy of Lifelong Learning at EIU, and as part of the 2014 EIU Hunger Challenge for the EIU Hunger Action Team.

 

You can download the presentation slides here: Academy of Lifelong Learning Nov 11

Public Lecture: Poverty Perspectives – Absolute, Relative, and Alternate Poverty Measures

On November 4, 2014, I presented a lecture for the EIU Academy of Lifelong Learning.

You can download a portable document format (PDF) of the lecture from the link below.

Academy of Lifelong Learning Nov 4

Hunger Action Month! #EIUHungerChallenge

At my institution, November is Hunger Action Month – known more familiarly as the EIU Hunger Challenge (#EIUHungerChallenge).  hunger action team 2An amazing student group, the Hunger Action Team, in coordination with our office of Student Community Service, plan a month-long series of events to educate, empower, and activate students, staff, faculty, and the broader community understand poverty and food insecurity at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

Each year during the hunger challenge, I give several public lectures and presentations on poverty and food insecurity, as well as do some type of discussion around a documentary film.

This year I am grateful to have coordinated my lectures with programs for the EIU Academy of Lifelong Learning and Booth Library enabling our efforts to reach wider audiences.

I will be posting the presentation files so they can be read and shared for those who were able to attend the lectures, and for those who could not join us; the first of which, given on 4-Nov-2014, is available here.

Below is the calendar of events for the entire month!

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