Posted on April 01, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Noted author and political scientist Robert Putnam will deliver the Ralph Spielman Memorial Lecture on Sunday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center Forum. This event is free and open to the public.

Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the author of the best-selling book Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. He has received numerous scholarly honors and consulted for the last three U.S. presidents, the last three British prime ministers, the last French president, and hundreds of grassroots leaders and activists in many countries.

His latest book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, tells a disturbing tale of diminishing opportunity for working-class and poor American youth. His work weaves together poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country — many of which Bucknell University Professor Jennifer Silva, sociology & anthropology, collected — and a formidable body of quantitative research.

His lecture will focus on urgent issues of inequality and social mobility in this country.

Relatives, colleagues, students and friends of Professor Spielman established the lectureship in memory of his service to the University from 1958 until his death in 1978. It emphasizes "Frontiers in Social Science" and is co-sponsored by the School of Management, departments of political science and economics and the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy.

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