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Harvard Author Talks Opportunity Gap in Duluth

May 06, 2015 06:45 PM

A Harvard professor who used Duluth as a reference point for his research on opportunity gaps in America visited the Northland Wednesday. 

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Dr. Robert Putnam's book titled "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis," focuses on why that opportunity gap exists between affluent and poor children all across America. 

He said he blames it on a growing income gap and more segregation between education levels, adding that Duluth made a good reference point because of it's historic "eastie and westie" divide. 

"Duluth already has some institutions that are reaching out to these poor kids and so there's at least a little bit of a safety net ... that catches some of the poor kids in Duluth that would not get caught in other places with that civic tradition," Putnam said.

The award-winning author spoke about his book Wednesday afternoon at a celebration for the Duluth-Superior Community Foundation. 


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