Advertisement

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. 

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

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. 


WDIO

Copyright 2016 WDIO-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

Advertisement
Advertisement

'Skate for 8' Raises Awareness on Mental Health in Honor of Duluth East Hockey Player

Cemetery Dedicated to Veterans in Moving Ceremony

DFL Leaders Host Cannabis Use Forum in Duluth

St. Luke's and MNA Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Ex-Minnesota Mayor Suing Officers Who Arrested Him in 2017

35th Annual Fall Fest Postponed

Advertisement