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May 12, 2015

Poverty in America: A Panel Discussion with President Barack Obama

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Showing the President Obama at Poverty Summit Video

The Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty was held at Georgetown University from May 11 to 13, 2015. The panel brought together leaders committed to addressing the persistence of poverty in our times. They engaged in a lively discussion that touched on society's obligations to the least among us and the policy measures necessary to achieve those outcomes.
A major event of the Poverty Summit was a panel featuring President Barack Obama, Harvard professor Robert Putnam, and American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks. The discussion was moderated by E.J. Dionne, professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy and Washington Post columnist. This panel discussion was co-hosted by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the National Association of Evangelicals. Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States. E.J. Dionne is a Washington Post columnist and a Georgetown professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy. Arthur Brooks is the president of the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank. Robert Putnam is a professor at Harvard University in the Kennedy School of Government.