OSHER @ Dartmouth Summer Series: "Our Divided Country"
Speaker: Kathy Edin
Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton
Today, Americans are more economically segregated than ever before, limiting social contact between the affluent and the poor. Even among America's poor, social policy over the last quarter century has bifurcated fortunes. Changes in the economy have increased perilous work, while rising rents have increased the proportion of families who are homeless and precariously housed. This lecture will blend statistics with rich, ethnographic narratives to build a national portrait of widening inequality, its causes, and potential consequences for the next generation. Importantly, it will also focus on solutions.
Kathy Edin is Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. Prior to that she was Chair of the Department of Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard, and Faculty Director, Sociology Department, at Johns Hopkins. Kathy is widely considered the foremost expert on, and voice of, people living in poverty in America. She has authored or co-authored eight books on the subject, including $2-a-day: The Art of Living on Virtually Nothing in America and Coming of Age in the Other America. After her lecture she will sign copies of these books.
It has been said that, "a house divided against itself cannot stand" (Abraham Lincoln, 1858). Yet the U.S. finds itself increasingly fractured along partisan lines. These growing divides are supercharged today by instant Internet and social media communications, 24/7 cable news, blatantly partisan media which attract and inflame like-minded viewers, body cams, viral smartphone videos, and the denigration of some American traditions.
Each of the six prominent speakers will frame the key issues of the series, probe challenges to finding common ground, and provide insights on how to most constructively unite America to solve them.
Single Session Ticket: $25 (Click on the specific date below to register or pay at the door)
Dartmouth College Students, Staff, Faculty: Present your Dartmouth College ID on the day of a lecture for free admission.
- Start:July 26, 2018 Time: 9:00 AM
- End:July 26, 2018 Time: 11:30 AM
- Where:Spaulding Auditorium, 12 Lebanon Street, Hanover, NH, USA, 03755
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