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Rockefeller Interim Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer to Moderate Community-Wide Discussion at School of Public Health

R. Karl Rethemeyer

Rockefeller College Interim Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer will moderate a discussion inspired by the book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis on Wednesday, September 9 at 5 p.m. at the University at Albany’s School of Public Health George Education Center Auditorium, One University Place, Rensselaer, New York. 

The community-wide gathering is part of the All School Read Project initiated and coordinated by the School of Public Health
During the spring 2015 semester, students, faculty and staff were asked to choose one book among five titles relevant to public health to be the first All School Read selection this fall.  Over the summer, current and incoming students, alumni, faculty, staff, colleagues at the New York State Department of Health, and the University’s and School’s community partners were encouraged to read the book in preparation for a candid and constructive conversation about the critical issues raised in the book.

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam, Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, explores why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility enjoyed by previous generations.  Dr. Putnam suggests that an “opportunity gap” has developed over the last 25 years giving rise to disparities among Americans in a number of critical areas, including income, health, and education.  Such inequities, he argues, spill over into all areas of life and threaten to have serious implications for the youngest members of society.  Program participants will consider the central question raised by the book:  Will today’s kids be able to achieve the American dream? 

All members of the University and Capital Region communities are welcome to lend their voices to the discussion.  On Wednesday, September 16 at 5 p.m., author Robert Putnam will speak at the School of Public Health.  The event is open to all members of the community. 

For more information on either of these events, visit the All School Read website or contact Carol Whittaker at