Spring Hill to host Stephen Black Oct. 18 at launch of Facing Poverty

Tue, 01/30/2007 (All day)

Oct 02, 2006

MOBILE — Stephen Black, director of the new Initiative for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 in the Gautrelet Room on the Spring Hill College campus. His talk is titled “Facing Poverty In Alabama: Hope for the Future.”

Black’s visit coincides with the launch of Spring Hill’s pilot project, Facing Poverty, designed to raise awareness of the issues and challenges facing those who live in poverty in our area, with the goal of helping to create a climate for change. Faculty and students from a number of disciplines across the college will work together to create a digital exhibit, which will bring images and voices together with facts and documents in a permanent digital exhibit space. It is hoped that putting a face on poverty will change it from an abstraction to a reality, humanizing the lives of real people and the difficulties they face.

Black, grandson of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, earned his law degree from Yale Law School in 1997. He worked as an assistant to the governor in 2000-2001, during which he researched policy issues and worked on economic development projects. He also created Impact: An Alabama Student service Initiative.

For more information, call Barbara Starr, director of Facing Poverty Project, at (251) 380-3856.