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Dr. Robert D. Putnam


Jul 13, 2015
08:15pm – 10:00pm

Hoover Auditorium (map)

This week, Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes Dr. Robert D. Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of Public Policy at Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in Boston, Mass., to Hoover Auditorium at 8:15 p.m. Monday, July 13.

The focus of his lecture will be on his newly released book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, which researches inequality and opportunity, specifically the growing class gap among American young people and the implications for social mobility.

Using both quantitative data and personal life stories of young people around America – including right here in Ohio – Dr. Putnam will share this sobering data and discuss some possible approaches to restoring the “American Dream.”

A book signing will follow his lecture. Copies of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis are available for purchase at The Fine Print bookstore and will also be available at the lecture.

Dr. Putnam is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the British Academy and past president of the American Political Science Association. He has served as Dean of the Kennedy School of Government and as a distinguished visiting professor at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Dr. Putnam has written 14 books throughout his teaching career, including best-sellers Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community and Better Together: Restoring the American Community.

In 2011, Dr. Putnam’s novel, Amazing Grace, won the American Political Science Association’s Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the Best Book on Government, Politics or International Affairs. Both Bowling Alone and his previous book, Making Democracy Work, are among the most cited publications in the social sciences worldwide.

Each of his 14 books has also been translated into 20 different languages.

In 2006, Dr. Putnam received the Skytte Prize, the world’s highest honor for a political scientist. In 2012, he received the National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor, for his contributions to the humanities.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Putnam consults with national leaders, including the last three U.S. presidents, three former British prime ministers, the last French president, prime ministers from Ireland to Singapore and hundreds of grassroots leaders and activists in many countries.

He has also founded the Saguaro Seminar, an initiative designed to develop ideas that can be turned into actions for civic renewal.

The London Sunday Times newspaper has called Dr. Putnam “the most influential academic in the world today.”

Born in Port Clinton, Ohio, he graduated from Swarthmore College and went on to study at Balliol College Oxford before earning his master’s and doctorate degrees at Yale University.

Residents of Ottawa County are invited to attend Dr. Putnam’s lecture free-of-charge by showing proof of residence (valid driver’s license or state ID) at one of the Lakeside Chautauqua entrances starting at 5 p.m. on the day of the lecture. Ottawa County residents will be issued a special

Chautauqua Pass (includes Auto Pass) to enter the Lakeside grounds that is valid from 5-11 p.m. to attend the evening lecture.


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