"Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis"

The American Experience Distinguished Lecture Series presented:

Robert Putnam

Date: February 22, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: University Club / Ballroom B

Featured speaker:
Robert Putnam, Author, Peter & Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, and recipient of the 2012 National Humanities Medal.


“Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis”

America has its roots in a strong meritocratic tradition: our society was built on the fact that everyone had an equal chance to scale the ladders of success, no matter one’s family background. However, over the last 30 years, evidence shows that this tradition has been shaken, and young people from college-educated homes and high school-educated homes have diverged on many factors predicting life success. What is the impact of this change, and how is it moving us away from a humanistic perspective? Robert Putnam, who has dedicated much of his academic life to studying American society, will discuss these changes, and how the various disciplines of the humanities can come together to address these serious economic, social, political, and moral challenges.
Registration is requested as seating is limited.
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Dick Thornburgh Forum and the University Honors College with support from the Office of the Provost in celebration of the "Year of the Humanities" at the University of Pittsburgh.