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"Robert D. Putnam is technically a Harvard social scientist, but a better description might be poet laureate of civil society. In successive versions of “Bowling Alone” (as a 1995 article and an instant-classic book), Putnam argued, to bipartisan acclaim, that civic life is declining with ominous consequences. Bill Clinton brought him to Camp David. The campaigns of Al Gore and George W. Bush sought his advice. Barack Obama gave him a medal.
If rock star status seems improbable for a numbers-crunching academic — well, it is. But by focusing on sports leagues and volunteer work, “Bowling Alone” let liberals highlight social needs without conjuring big government, while conservatives could signal compassion without delving too deeply into racial or class injustice. A catchy title helped.
In “Our Kids,” Putnam brings his talent for launching a high-level discussion to a timely topic — the state of upward mobility. Widening income gaps, he argues, have brought profound but underappreciated changes to family life, neighborhoods and schools in ways that give big advantages to children at the top and make it ever harder for those below to work their way up."
- from the New York Times, March 4, 2015
You are invited to the next event in the Foundation For The Carolinas Leading On Opportunity Series as we continue conversations with leading national experts who support crafting a strategy to improve economic mobility in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
An Evening with Robert Putnam, author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis
Monday, May 18, 2015; 5:30pm – Reception; 6:15pm – Lecture
Booth Playhouse, Blumenthal Performing Arts (130 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202; 704.372.1000)
RSVP now to Eli Kahn: firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.973.4542
Please share this invitation with others that may be interested and register early as seating is limited!
If you missed any of the first three sessions, videos of the presentations can be found below: