CBU Seidman Lecture Features Dr. Ruby Payne

Bridges Out of Poverty: Challenges for Memphis

Memphis- Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D., founder of aha! Process and author of A Framework for Understanding Poverty, will be the keynote speaker at the Fall 2010 M.L. Seidman Lecture at Christian Brothers University (CBU) on Tuesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall. Payne will address the topic “Bridges Out of Poverty: Challenges for Memphis.”

Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.Payne is dedicated to positively impacting the education and lives of individuals in poverty. Since the mid-1990s, she has been speaking to audiences around the world about the effects of poverty on students, families and communities and how to better understand and support people from all economic backgrounds.

As a career educator, Payne has served in many roles, including teacher, principal and administrator. She has worked with thousands of organizations—schools, businesses, social services, law enforcement, church groups and more—to get rid of the barriers to success posed by economic class differences among people and groups. Payne works with organizations in countries throughout the globe, including the United States, Canada, India, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Slovakia and many more.

Payne is the author of numerous books, including A Framework for Understanding Poverty with more than 1 million copies sold, and Bridges Out of Poverty. She received a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from Loyola University in Illinois, a M.A. in English literature from Western Michigan University, and a B.A. from Goshen College in Indiana.

The M.L Seidman Memorial Town Hall Series was established by Mr. and Mrs. P.K. Seidman in memory of Mr. M.L. Seidman, founder of an international accounting firm who maintained an active interest in public issues. This series of lectures is scheduled every year in light of current public issues. The town hall forum format encourages the active participation of students, faculty and members of the Memphis community.

A reception for Payne will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Montesi Executive Center prior to her lecture, which is free and open to the public. However, reservations are recommended as seating is limited. For more information or to RSVP for the reception and lecture, call Erica Franklin at (901) 321-3291, or email rsvp@cbu.edu.  ###

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