SPH All School Read

The 'voters' have spoken and a selection has been made.  Students, faculty, staff of the School of Public Health have chosen Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam to be the book featured for the first "All School Read" Project. 

A bit of background.

During the Spring 2015 semester five books, all very relevant to public health, were presented to students, faculty, and staff; they were asked to vote on one to become the first “All School Read” selection. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam received the greatest number of votes.

What is it about?

This thought-provoking book explores why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility enjoyed by previous generations. Most of us still want to believe in the American dream: that anyone, if they get a good education and work hard can achieve success and prosperity. But, as shown by Dr. Putnam, the Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, we have witnessed a disturbing ‘opportunity gap’ emerge over the past 25 years.  There is no doubt that the factors driving these shifts in our society are also associated with the growing level of health disparities now being seen in the U.S.  What was true for earlier generations of Americans no longer seems true today. The question becomes one we all struggle with: Will today’s kids, “our kids,” be able to achieve the American dream?

So what happens next?

You, as part of the UAlbany School of Public Health Community, are asked to join us in reading Our Kids.  Copies are readily available through libraries, local book stores, and on-line vendors. All current students, incoming students, alums, faculty members, staff members, those throughout UAlbany and the NYS Department of Health, all of our community partners and anyone interested in the topic are invited to read the book and then join us soon after the new 2015-16 school year begins to learn more and join the discussion about the critical issues expressed in this book.

Save the dates:

There will be two programs established to learn more about the issues raised by the author and to discuss the book. The first program is a panel discussion led by faculty, students and alumni scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the School of Public Health Auditorium. The second program, to be held the following week, on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, will be a community discussion featuring the author of Our Kids.

For more information: Contact Carol Whittaker, cwhittaker@albany.edu. Copies of the book are being sold by the Center for Global Health. Please contact John Justino (jjustino@albany.edu) or our Graduate Assistant, Elsie Essien (sph07@albany.edu) to purchase a copy of the book.