VANCOUVER, Wash. — Poverty and Anabaptist culture are the topics of two lectures hosted by the Washington State University Vancouver Human Development program in April. The free, public lectures are planned for the Student Services Lecture Hall.

Karen Seccombe, a professor of sociology at Portland State University, will speak to a “Families in Poverty” class taught by Jackie McReynolds at 9:10 a.m. April 23. Students in the class are using Seccombe’s book, “So You Think I Drive a Cadillac,” as their text. In the class, students are trying to discover the causes of poverty as they look at the issue from historical, political and social perspectives.

For more information contact McReynolds, academic coordinator for human development, 360/546-9740 or mcreynol@vancouver.wsu.edu .

Bron Ingoldsby, professor and chair of the family science department at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho, will speak to Suzanne Smith’s “Diversity in Contemporary American Families” class about the Hutterite Family at 1:30 p.m. April 26. The Hutterites are an Anabaptist group and the oldest family communal group in the Western world. Similar to the Amish culture, the Hutterites’ core beliefs place community before family. However, Ingoldsby’s recent research shows that their outlook and practices in romance, marriage and family are being influenced by the individualistic values of outer society.

For more information, contact Smith, assistant professor of human
development, 360/546-9714 or smithsu@vancouver.wsu.edu .