UVU Presidential Lecture To Feature Harvard Public Policy Professor
March 26, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton
Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, will speak on “The Opportunity Gap: Growing Up Rich and Growing Up Poor in America Today” as part of Utah Valley University’s presidential lecture series on April 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Ragan Theater of the Sorensen Student Center.
Putman is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, and he is the Distinguished Visiting Professor at Aarhus University in Denmark for 2013–14.
Raised in a small town in the Midwest and educated at Swarthmore, Oxford and Yale, Putnam has served as dean of Harvard Kennedy School. The London Sunday Times has called him “the most influential academic in the world today.” He has written 14 books, which have been translated into twenty languages, including the best selling “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” and more recently, “Better Together: Restoring the American Community,” a study of promising new forms of social connectedness.
The Economist praised his previous book, “Making Democracy Work,” as “a great work of social science, worthy to rank alongside de Tocqueville, Pareto and Weber.” Both “Making Democracy Work” and “Bowling Alone” are among the most cited publications in the social sciences worldwide in the last half century.
Putnam is currently working on three major empirical projects: (1) Inequality and opportunity: a growing class gap among American young people and the implications for social mobility; (2) The changing role of religion in the United Kingdom and the U.S.; and (3) The social consequences of hard times in the United Kingdom and the U.S.