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Community Book Conversations – OUR KIDS: The American Dream in Crisis

April 10 - May 22


OUR KIDS: The American Dream in Crisis
by Professor Robert D. Putnam
Our Kids is a groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone. It’s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, and achieve success. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity. But over the last 25 years we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge. Putnam offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American crisis. Our Kids tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country. The book includes a case study of the opportunity gap in Bend. Our Kids is a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence. Putnam provides a disturbing account of the American dream that should initiate a deep examination of the future of our country.

Join us in Book Conversations before Professor Putnam’s presentation in Bend on May 16th!

Bend Campus: Thursdays on April 25, May 2, and May 9 at 12 p.m., South Oregon Room, COCC Barber Library

Redmond Campus: Wednesdays on April 10 (Orientation and book hand out), April 24, May 8, and May 22 at 12 p.m., Redmond Building 3

Prineville Campus: Wednesdays on April 17 and May 8 at 10 a.m., Prineville Campus, Room 112

Madras Campus: Mondays on April 15, April 29, and May 13 at 3 p.m.

Call 541-383-7257 or email cgilbride@cocc.edu to register.
Participation is FREE and OPEN to the public. Participants will be given a copy of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis.


April 10
May 22


COCC – Nancy R. Chandler Visiting Scholar Program