The KU School of Social Welfare will be hosting a screening of the documentary "Ain't I a Person" on Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ecumenical Campus Ministries (1204 Oread Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas).
The focus of this film is the stories of the poor ( and near-poor) about how they manage their lives and families – finding decent housing, finding adequate jobs and pay, dealing with sick children and health problems, finding affordable and quality day care, dealing with the education of their children, getting help when needed – problems that most of us face in this society. How can we have empathy and compassion for the poor without being able to put ourselves into their shoes?
The director of the film, Keith M. Kilty, is Professor Emeritus in the College of Social Work at Ohio State University. He also held a joint appointment with the Department of African American and African Studies. For over thirty years, he has been an active member of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, where he served as Vice President and chaired the Poverty, Class, and Inequality Division. He is also a long-time member (and former Treasurer) of the Social Welfare Action Alliance (a national organization of progressive workers in social welfare). While a faculty member at Ohio State University, he was active with the Ohio State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors, including serving as Vice President, Secretary, and member of the Board. After retiring in June 2007, he began working on a documentary about poverty and inequality, which was filmed largely in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. The goal of the documentary is to put a human face back on poverty after 30 years of conservative efforts to demonize the poor in America. This feature-length documentary, titled “Ain’t I a Person,” was completed in March 2011.