Harvard Connection - Prof. Robert Putnam - Apr 29

FAN - Family Action Network
Evanston Township High School
1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston

Acclaimed Harvard Professor

Robert D. Putnam, PhD

will be speaking on

"Our Kids:  The American Dream in Crisis,"


Event Details:

Date:        Friday April 29, 2016

Time:        7:00 p.m.

Location:  Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston

Cost:         Free and open to the public; first-come, first-served; no reservation needed

Sponsor:   FAN - The Family Action Network


It’s  the  American dream:  get  a  good  education,  work hard, buy  a  house,  and  achieve  prosperity  and  success.  This  is  the America  we  believe  in — a  nation  of  opportunity,   constrained  only  by  ability  and  effort.  But  during  the  last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. But now this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.

In his latest bestselling book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, Robert D. Putnam, Ph.D. shows that  America  has  been  veering  further  away  from  equality  of  opportunity  for  several  decades,  and  the recent  trends  presage  a  collapse  on  social  mobility  rates  in  the  decades  ahead.  The  American  Dream  is increasingly  out  of  reach  for  lower  income  students.  Shockingly,  smart  poor  kids  (lower  third  of  parental income,  top  third  in  test  scores)  have  less  chance  of  graduating  from  college  than  not-so-smart  rich  kids (upper third of parental income, bottom third in test scores).

Prof. Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin  Professor of Public  Policy at  the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He has received numerous scholarly honors, including  the Skytte Prize, the  most  prestigious  global  award  in  political  science,  and  the  National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor for contributions to the humanities.  He has written fourteen books, including Bowling  Alone and Making  Democracy  Work, both  among  the  most cited publications  in
the  social  sciences  in  the  last  half-century.  He  has  consulted  for  the  last  three  American  presidents,  the last three British prime ministers, the last French president, prime ministers from Ireland to Singapore, and hundreds  of  grassroots  leaders  and  activists  in  many  countries.  The  Sunday  Times  of  London  has  called him “the most influential academic in the world.”

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