What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys

What's Up This Week: Why are some people so poor, democracy in voting and a look at abused boys

Each week we'll bring you events and issues around race and poverty in Chicago. 

So Rich, So Poor Professor and author Peter Edelman will discuss his new book, So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America, at Northwestern University's downtown campus Wednesday. The book offers a critical analysis of unemployment and the working poor in the United States. In it, Edelman aims to find out why some people are so poor and others are so rich. The lecture will be followed by a discussion.

Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men We hear a lot about women who suffer abuse, but what about the men who carry the scars of a traumatic past? Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith's one-woman show about what happens when abused boys grow up will be playing at The Goodman Theater. Orlandersmith spoke to The Barbershop Show last week about her play and how society views abuse of boys.

Voice for the Voiceless The Cafe Society's public forum on Friday will consider how different the 2012 election would be if more low-income, young and minority voters took part. The discussion will consider how to maximize voter participation and whether the voter ID laws making their way across the country foster or hinder democracy.

Red Line Makeover The Chicago Transit Authority will meet Thursday to introduce CTA riders to its plans for the Wilson Red Line terminal. The project is expected to cost $203 million, making it the second-largest station makeover after the planned $240 million the city will spend to redo the 95th Street/Dan Ryan terminal.

Obama and Public Policy Alan Kreuger, the chair of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, will discuss labor and public policy at Northwestern Monday. The labor economist's speech will be the 2012 Institute for Policy Research's Distinguished Policy Lecture.

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