Talk inequality with Robert Putnam on July 10!

Every Child Matters in Iowa is pleased to announce that we, along with key community partners (see below), will host Robert Putnam, author of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, at Drake University’s Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement on Friday, July 10.

We invite you to join us for this free, public event. See the details below.

Identified as “the most influential academic in the world” by The Sunday Times of London, Putnam is the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. Putnam’s new release, Our Kids, identifies an important issue facing our children–the widening opportunity gaps created by the growing inequality in income among Americans. Putnam asserts the time to address the opportunity gap is now.

The event is free and open to the public.  Ticket reservations are requested for the event.

Books will be available for sale at the event.  Putnam will be available for book signing after the event.


Date: Friday, July 10, 2015

Time: 9:00-10:30 AM
Location: Parent’s Hall, Olmstead Center, Drake University, 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines
Registration Link: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis with Robert Putnam

Praise for Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

Robert D. Putnam vividly captures a dynamic change in American society—the widening class-based opportunity gap among young people. The diminishing life chances of lower-class families and the expanding resources of the upper-class are contrasted in sharp relief in Our Kids, which also includes compelling suggestions of what we as a nation should do about this trend. Putnam’s new book is a must-read for all Americans concerned about the future of our children.

—William Julius Wilson, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University

We want to acknowledge the wonderful partners instrumental in making this happen: The Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement; Save the Children; the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines; the Greater Des Moines Partnership; the Iowa Community Action Association; the Child & Family Policy Center; the United Way of Central Iowa; the American Academy of Pediatrics, Iowa Chapter; First Focus; and the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children.

We look forward to having you join us in July.  Please feel free to share the information with others who would like to hear Putnam’s message.