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One Book, One Community

Share a Book. Share an Experience.

During the 8th year of One Book, One Community (OBOC), we invite the school community to the shared experience of reading and discussing Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam.

About the Book

In this year's OBOC selection--Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis--author Robert Putnam offers a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence in a personal but also authoritative look at the emergence of a disturbing "opportunity gap" in America over the last twenty-five years.

Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio, whose graduates consistently went on to lives better than those of their parents.

He then examines our present-day country where this central tenet of the American Dream seems no longer to hold true:  Today's kids face harder lives amid diminishing prospects, especially those who start with a socio-economic disadvantage. Putnam tells this tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country while also drawing on a formidable body of research.   Excerpted and condensed from Amazon.com 

Inter-Group Dialogue (IGD) -
Social identities, SES, Academia & Our Kids

Thursdays, FEBRUARY 9, 16, 23
and MARCH 2 from 4-6 PM   

CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER

Students are invited to a four-week series of Inter-Group Dialogue (IGD) workshops on the relationship between social identities, socioeconomic status (SES) and academia. Designed to compliment the One Book, One Community selection, the series’ broad objective is to explore through sustained, interdisciplinary dialogue how membership in different social identities (including SES/class) affects academic progress and success while building connections among a diverse group of students.


While there is no cost to participate, capacity is limited. To sign up, students must commit to attending all four sessions. Participants will receive a complimentary copy of Our Kids and journal. (no prior reading necessary), dinner at each session, and 1 Grand Rounds credit on completion of series.
Support provided by the Office of Health Sciences Diversity.

For more information, contact
Marnie Bertolet (marnie.bertolet@pitt.edu) or
Mario Browne (mcb77@pitt.edu).

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Alumni Read-Along Program

Alumni, join OBOC by participating in the first alumni read-along program. Read Our Kids and participate in live and virtual events and discussions. Read more...

WHERE TO GET THE BOOK

Get 10% off at the University on Fifth (with Pitt ID). Pitt's Hillman Library,  Health Science's Library, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh also have the book in hard copy and as a free e-book download

Questions?

With questions about OBOC, or to suggest an event, contact Robin Leaf, educational programs and practicum coordinator.
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