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Stetson Law hosts Social Justice Lecture Series: Robert F. Kennedy adviser Peter Edelman speaks on ending poverty in the U.S.


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Stetson University College of Law hosted a public Social Justice Lecture Series discussion on Oct. 17 with former Robert F. Kennedy adviser Peter Edelman about ending poverty in the U.S.

(L-R): student Jennifer Quijano, Professor Peter Edelman, Professor Robert Bickel, and student Andona Zacks-Jordan. Photo by Kayla Minton (2L).

(L-R): student Jennifer Quijano, Professor Peter Edelman, Professor Robert Bickel, and student Andona Zacks-Jordan. Photo by Kayla Minton (2L).

Edelman spoke at 7 p.m. on Stetson’s Gulfport campus.

Author and Georgetown University Law Center Professor Peter Edelman presented “So Rich, So Poor: Why It’s So Hard to End Poverty in America.”

Professor Edelman is an anti-poverty advocate who served as a top adviser to Senator Robert F. Kennedy from 1964-1968. During the Clinton administration, Edelman resigned from his position with the Department of Health and Human Services in protest of welfare reform legislation.

Ethel Kennedy remarked, “Bobby believed that, ‘as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.’ Much has changed in forty-five years, but as Peter eloquently reminds us, far too many Americans remain trapped in the web of economic injustice. His compassionate and singular voice awakens our conscience and calls us to action.”

Read more about Edelman in Stetson Today.