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Hesburgh Forum: The Lab for Economic Opportunities
May 10, 2018 6:00 pm
May 10, 2018 8:00 pm
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721 N Lasalle, Chicago, IL, 60654, United States

The Notre Dame Club of Chicago is proud to announce our Spring Hesburgh Forum

The Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO): Where Academics Join Service Providers in the Fight Against Poverty

Presented by James X. Sullivan, PhD. ’93.

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Event Details

Date: Thursday, May 10th, 2018
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm; Presentation begins at 6:30pm
Location: Catholic Charities (721 N Lasalle St)

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James X. Sullivan, PhD. ’93
Associate Professor of Economics at Notre Dame


The Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO): Where Academics Join Service Providers in the Fight Against Poverty

Established in 2012, LEO is a collaborative research center where social service providers and academic researchers work together to design, implement, and evaluate domestic anti-poverty programs. The Lab’s primary partner is Catholic Charities, the largest private provider of services to the poor in the U.S. The goal of this partnership is to apply rigorous research methods to build scalable programs and policies that help permanently lift people out of poverty. The Lab also provides an opportunity for Notre Dame undergraduates to be involved in anti-poverty research under the direction of leading poverty scholars.


Jim Sullivan is the Rev. Thomas J. McDonagh, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Economics at Notre Dame, and a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center. His research examines the consumption, saving, and borrowing behavior of the poor in the U.S.; the impact of welfare and tax policy; and poverty measurement. In 2012, Sullivan co-founded the Lab for Economic Opportunities, a research center that partners with Catholic Charities and other service providers to evaluate program impact and identify effective and replicable solutions to reduce poverty in America. He received his B.A. from Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

About the Hesburgh Lecture Series

Inspired by the late Father Hesburgh’s example of lifelong learning, the Hesburgh Lecture Series has brought University faculty to Notre Dame clubs and their local communities since 1986. The lectures, presented by mostly tenured faculty, showcase the depth and breadth of Notre Dame’s academic expertise in research and teaching through an accessible format suitable for a general audience. The Hesburgh Lecture Series furthers the mission of the Alumni Association to provide meaningful continuing education opportunities to Notre Dame alumni and friends.

From seven lectures in the first year, the portfolio of topics has expanded to 251 lectures, presented by 115 faculty members from an extensive list of categories. Annually, approximately 6,700 alumni and friends attend Hesburgh Lectures.

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May 10, 2018 06:00 pm