Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Child Care
Child Welfare
Customer Service
Developmental Disabilities
Domestic Violence
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
Health Care
Marriage and Family
Poverty Solutions

Tues.,  Dec. 8, 2009, Noon to 1 p.m.

Family Instability and Complexity: Views From the Bottom
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK  73105

Dr. Kathy Edin, Professor of Public Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Oklahoma Marriage Initiative and OKDHS Family Support Services Division

Dr. Edin will share her research and other research on poverty and family relationships. Her research provides new insight on why many poor families have children but choose not to marry. According to Edin, “Everything we used to think about the poor with regards to marriage is probably wrong.” Her presentation will provide a good base for understanding the design of the Family Expectations program, a current program of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative and the OKDHS.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Kathy Edin is a Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Edin’s research focuses on urban poverty and family life, social welfare, housing policy, child support, non-marital childbearing and the economic lives of the poor. Some of her recent publications include “Unmarried Couples with Children,” “Promises I Can Keep: Why Poor Women Put Motherhood Before Marriage.”

Edin’s current projects include in-depth qualitative studies of earned income tax credit allocations among low- and moderate-income families in three cities, the Moving to Opportunity and Gautreaux housing mobility programs, which offer special vouchers to allow public housing residents in a variety of U.S. cities the opportunity to move to low poverty neighborhoods. Edin received her master of arts and Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University and Bbchelor of arts from North Park University in Chicago.

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Last Updated: June 19, 2015
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
Street address: Sequoyah Memorial Office Building, 2400 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Mailing address: P.O. Box 25352, Oklahoma City, OK 73125
(405) 521-3646
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