The 2018 Osher Summer Lecture Series, Our Divided Country: How to Find Common Ground will be held Thursday mornings, July 12 - August 16.
Tickets are required, visit the Osher website for information.
It has been said that, "a house divided against itself cannot stand" (Abraham Lincoln, 1858). Yet the U.S. finds itself increasingly fractured along partisan lines. These growing divides are supercharged today by instant Internet and social media communications, 24/7 cable news, blatantly partisan media which attract and inflame like-minded viewers, body cams, viral smartphone videos, and the denigration of some American traditions.
Each of the six prominent speakers will frame the key issues of the series, probe challenges to finding common ground, and provide insights on how to most constructively unite America to solve them. Three of the speakers have written books that the Norwich Bookstore will have on hand for purchase and signing.
Today, Americans are more economically segregated than ever before, limiting social contact between the affluent and the poor. Kathryn Edin will use both statistics and ethnographic narratives to portray the inequality, its causes, and potential consequences for the next generation. She will also suggest solutions.
"Powerful . . . [$2.00 a Day] presents a deeply moving human face that brings the stunning numbers to life. It is an explosive book . . . The stories will make you angry and break your heart." -- American Prospect
Kathryn Edin is Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton. Prior to that she was Chair of the Department of Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard, and Faculty Director, Sociology Department, at Johns Hopkins.
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
"A remarkable book that could very well change the way we think about poverty in the United States." -- New York Times Book Review