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"The Missing Story of Ourselves: Poverty and the Promise of Higher Education" Opens at Wilson Gallery at Le Moyne College

<p>SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … The Le Moyne College Center for Continuing Education announces the opening of “The Missing Story of Ourselves: Poverty and the Promise of Higher Education” on March 8, 2007. The exhibit of photographs and essays documents the experiences of poor, welfare-eligible parents and their journeys from poverty to higher education. The exhibit is located in the Wilson Gallery at the Noreen Reale Falcone Library at Le Moyne College, Syracuse, New York, and will run through April 4. Admission is free. “The Missing Story of Ourselves” is being presented in conjunction with the gender and women’s studies program, the sociology department and the student development office at Le Moyne College. <br /> <br /> This exhibit of museum quality photos and narratives “presents a unique view of poverty from insiders’ perspectives and reframes the cultural (de)valuations of poor parents, families, work and higher education in the United States today”, says Dr. Vivyan C. Adair, Director of the ACCESS Project at Hamilton College and Professor of Women’s Studies, and a contributing factor behind the exhibit’s development and production. <br /> <br /> Patricia Bliss of Le Moyne’s continuing education department, notes that the exhibit "demonstrates graphically the transformation of individuals' and their families' lives through higher education, a principal motivation for all of us working with adults in the college environment. Their struggles to overcome the social stigma attached to the poor and their determination to create a better life for themselves is not only inspiring, but a perfect fit with Le Moyne’s mission of community awareness and commitment to social justice.” <br /> <br /> An opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 8, at 4 p.m. in the Wilson Gallery with Dr. Adair delivering keynote remarks. <br /> <br /> Many of the students featured in the exhibit attended Hamilton College, in Clinton, New York, and Utica College of Syracuse University. Through the ACCESS Project and other programs available at these schools, these adults were able to attain college educations and enter both the workforce and their communities, overturning what was often a multigenerational cycle of poverty and reliance on public agencies. The exhibit features men and women who are African-American, Caucasian, South East and Asian-American, Afro-Caribbean, Native American, and Latino, who range in age from 18 to 58, and encompass both American born and naturalized citizens. <br /> <br /> For more information on the Wilson Gallery exhibit of “The Missing Story of Ourselves: Poverty and the Promise of Higher Education”, contact the Continuing Education Department of Le Moyne College at 315-445-4141.</p>
posted on: 2/15/2007