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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Welfare: Problem or Solution

It is a noble goal to enrich the lives of the less fortunate within our communities. However there are some who feel that those in need of help have either put themselves in their current dire situation or don’t deserve assistance. There are many misconceptions about recipients of government-funded social programs like welfare. Often people believe that teen mothers and African-Americans comprise the majority of welfare beneficiaries. Unfortunately mainstream media have not made any major strides to disprove this myth. The days of Ronald Reagan’s convoluted idea of the “welfare queen” are long gone, but the effects remain. By examining the philosophies of Rawls, Kant and Judeo-Christian ethics we can better understand the application of welfare in modern society.

Presenters: Shira Brown (Undergraduate Student)
Beth Lane (Undergraduate Student)
Sarah Parton (Undergraduate Student)
Anne Robinson (Undergraduate Student)
Katherine Schepler (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Communication
Location: 12 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)