Opportunity gap,  Friday’s forum topic

Robert Putnam will talk about “The Opportunity Gap: Reviving the American Dream” at the next Amos Fortune Forum, Friday.

Equal opportunity is threatened by a growing gap between the upper third of the social hierarchy and the lower third.

This problem poses serious economic, social, political and moral challenges, not just nationally but also locally. Putnam will illustrate his talk with personal stories that he terms “autobiographical sociology.”

Raised in a small Midwestern town in the 1950s, Jaffrey resident Robert Putnam is Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He has written 14 books, translated into more than 20 languages, including “Bowling Alone” and Making Democracy Work,” among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century.

His latest book (with David Campbell), “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us,” won the 2011 Woodrow Wilson award for best book in political science. He has consulted with the last three American presidents, the last three British prime ministers, the last French president, and grassroots leaders.

The forums are held at the Jaffrey Center Meeting House and begin promptly at 8 p.m. A reception will be held following the talk. The forums are free but donations are appreciated.

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