AU book discussion topic is The American Dream in Crisis

10/10/2019 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland Center for Nonviolence will host a book discussion of Robert D. Putman’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in room 115 of the Dauch College of Business and Economics, 401 College Ave.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include thoughts from Nancy Udolph, professor of Social Work, and Dorothy Stratton, retired professor of Social Work and ACN Steering Committee member.

Copies of the book are available in the campus bookstore, online at Amazon or through the local library.

Published in 2015, Our Kids is Putnam’s personal and authoritative look at America’s growing “opportunity gap”, in which young people, even those with talent and the willingness to work hard, may not necessarily find themselves living a better life than did their parents or grandparents. Putnam explores the growing elusiveness of the “American Dream” by carefully outlining what he sees as obstacles to opportunity and then outlining suggestions for what can be done to reverse this trend.

Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard and past president of the American Political Science Association, uses as an example his own Port Clinton, Ohio, Class of 1959 and the children and grandchildren of his classmates. There are stories of rich, middle-class and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, told against the background of the latest social science research.

For more information about the ACN, go to ashland.edu/acn.

 

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