It’s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. But, according to our next guest, during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing “opportunity gap” emerge.
Harvard University Public Policy Professor, Robert Putnam, says Americans have believed in the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Putnam says this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.
His new book is: Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Robert Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. Nationally honored as a leading humanist and a renowned scientist, he has written fourteen books and has consulted for the last four US Presidents.
In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. C. David Williams of Harvard University explains how our bodies store and release energy as we move.
David Williams is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. His work in the Biewener Lab at the Concord Field Station is focused on understanding the control of biological motion, scaling from the molecular dynamics of individual motor molecules to the kinematics of animal movement.