“Bowling Alone” author Robert Putnam: “Our Kids” and the opportunity gap in America, Feb. 18

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By Susan Meikle, university news and communications

The rising inequality gap in America will be a major issue in the presidential election, according to political scientist Robert Putnam, author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis (photo © Martha Stewart).
Robert Putnam, author of the best-selling book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, will speak about his research on the opportunity gap in the United States at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Taylor Auditorium, Farmer School of Business. 
The rising inequality gap in America will be a major issue in the presidential election, according to Putnam. He is the leading expert on the topic — politicians as disparate as President Obama, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Paul Ryan have all consulted with him on this issue, Our Kids publisher stated.
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,” Putnam said. “But during the last 25 years we have seen a disturbing ‘opportunity gap’ emerge.”

“Our Kids shows that we are living in a two-tier social and economic world where the affluent succeed through education and economic opportunity, and the poor struggle unavailingly to rise out of their poverty. Read this book and discover a new America.”  – Jill Ker Conway, author, former president of Smith College.
Our Kids has become a springboard for detailed policy prescriptions by some of the country’s top policy experts, according to the Harvard Kennedy School magazine. It is the beginning of what Putnam hopes will be a national conversation, central to the presidential elections as well as to policy experimentation in state and local government.
Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University.  He is a member of the National Academy of …

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