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Panel talk launches Community Read on Sept. 19

Posted 09/12/16

Our Kids: The American Dream in CrisisFitchburg State will launch its Community Read of Robert Putnam’s powerful Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis with a panel talk exploring the legal right to education, and the kind of education this nation’s children deserve, at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free.

The talk will mark the university’s observance of Constitution Day, held annually to recognize the adoption of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The Community Read events will continue throughout the academic year.

The panel talk on Sept. 19 will feature Associate Dean of Education/McKay Arts Academy Principal Lourdes Ramirez; Assistant Professor of Education Danette Day; Director of the United Neighbors of Fitchburg Joana Dos Santos; Fitchburg High School Principal Jeremy Roche; and Professor of Political Science Paul Weizer.

Our Kids is a New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap. Putnam’s volume offers a personal and authoritative look at a new American crisis where a growing “opportunity gap” has emerged over the past 25 years. The crisis challenges the traditional assumption that Americans who have talent and try hard will succeed.

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