Robert Putnam Visits the Harkin Institute

On Friday, July 10, the Harkin Institute welcomes Robert Putnam, one of the most significant public intellectuals addressing civic responsibility and engagement.  Putnam will be speaking about his new book, Our Kids:  The American Dream in Crisis.  

Tickets are free and open to the general public. However, space is limited to ensure an intimate experience. Please make sure you have registered for tickets.

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis w/Robert Putnam
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Drake University Olmsted Center Parents Hall (2nd Floor)
If you have any questions, please call the Harkin Institute for Public Policy and Citizen Engagement at 515-271-3623

Start your day with coffee and one of the most publicly engaged social scientists of our time…

The rising inequality gap in America will be a major issue leading up to the next election. Robert Putnam is the expert on the topic. Politicians as diverse as President Obama, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Paul Ryan have consulted with him on this issue, and now he is coming to Des Moines to talk with you over a morning coffee.

It’s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success.

Through vivid storytelling, Robert Putman will share with you the dynamic change in American society over the last 25 years—the widening class-based opportunity gap evident in family stability issues, poor-quality schools, and lack of social supports for low-income children.

You will also learn how America faced the same kind of gap at the end of the 19th century and how we overcame it.

Most importantly, Putnam will offer a policy proposals that cross party lines and begin to reverse the opportunity gap for our children.

A book signing with Mr. Putnam will be held immediately following the event.

Brought to you by The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement, Every Child Matters, Save the Children Action Network, the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, the Iowa Community Action Association, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, the Child & Family Policy Center, the United Way of Central Iowa, the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children, and Make it Work. 

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Estelle Montgomery at (515) 271-3623 or Two weeks advance notice will allow us to provide seamless access.