In 2015, AmeriCorps VISTA celebrated its 50th anniversary through a national poverty summit and a series of regional spotlight events. Dr. Stephen Pimpare, author of A People's History of Poverty in America, delivered "Ted Talk"-style presentations at several of these events outlining the lessons learned during the first 50 years of the VISTA program. This video is an adaptation of those presentations, providing 13 powerful lessons in just 15 minutes.
Author of two books and some 60 articles on poverty, welfare, and inequality, Dr. Pimpare has appeared on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, and CBC, among others; delivered lectures at the Urban Institute, Center for American Progress, and the University of Chicago; and taught courses on American politics, public policy, and the history of social welfare at New York University, Columbia University, City University of New York, and, most recently, the University of New Hampshire. In addition to his work in the traditional classroom, he has designed and taught online courses on poverty for AmeriCorps VISTA.