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The Working Poor: Invisible in America


CLEVELAND: David K. Shipler, former correspondent for the New York Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak on his most recent book The Working Poor: Invisible in America at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 5, 2007, at The City Club of Cleveland.


In his book, Shipler examines the lives and societal forces surrounding those Americans who still live in poverty despite working full time. While many are mired in these conditions by their own poor choices, many are forced to this level by events they cannot control. The ability to crawl out of poverty remains an intractable situation for most of the working poor, and is a cycle repeated through generations. Shipler combines both the larger arena of poverty in America with individual stories of those who will never make it out and those who manage to succeed.

Shipler worked for the New York Times from 1966 to 1988, reporting from
New York, Saigon, Moscow, and Jerusalem before serving as chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington, D.C. He has also written for The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of three other books: Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land; and A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America.


Shipler, who has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution and a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has taught at Princeton University, American University, and Dartmouth College.

This program, organized by City Club New Leaders, is first in the three-part series Engulfed: The Rising Tide of Economic Disparity sponsored by the Saint Luke’s Foundation. Upcoming programs include Homelessness in Cleveland (
11/1/07) and Is the Middle Class Shrinking? (11/27/07).


Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Breakfast is included. Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance of the event. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at www.cityclub.org.


Sowing Seeds of Success: The Cristo Rey Network

Rev. John Foley, S.J., president of the Cristo Rey Network, will speak about the success of the network, a national association of 12 high schools that provide quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options, at noon on Friday, October 5, 2007, at The City Club of Cleveland.


Ninety-two percent of students in the network are racial minorities. In 2006, its four-year dropout rate was just six percent, and 96 percent of graduates enrolled in a two- or four-year college.

A Chicago native, Foley entered the Society of Jesus in 1954. From 1961 to 1995, he served the Jesuit missions in Perú, where he served as president of two Jesuit K-12 schools.

Foley returned to Chicago in 1995 to collaborate in establishing Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods, a low-income area largely populated by Mexican immigrants. He was named president of the school in 1996, overseeing the effort to establish the school and its construction and raising more than $26 million. In January 2005, Foley assumed the presidency of the Cristo Rey Network and is responsible for managing its day-to-day programs and activities.

Next month the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) will present Foley with the Seton Award, given to individuals whose service has had a positive impact on Catholic education. He has also received an honorary Doctorate in Education from Georgetown University, was featured in Fast Company in April 2006, and was named in Newsweek's “Who’s Next” for 2007.


This City Club Friday Forum is in partnership with St. Martin de Porres, Cleveland’s Cristo Rey Network school.


Tickets are $18 for members and $30 for non-members. Lunch is included. They can be purchased by calling The City Club at 216.621.0082 or visiting the website at www.cityclub.org.






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