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Jaap Dronkers Lecture 2019

On Monday November 25th, ROA and Studium Generale will organize the first Jaap Dronkers Lecture.

jaap dronkers lecture

Jaap Dronkers (1945-2016) was a professor at SBE and one of the most prominent sociologists in the Netherlands. The first lecture will be held by Prof Robert D. Putnam. The title is: Turning the Corner: Lessons from America’s I / we / I century. The lecture will start at 20.00 and will be held in the Franz Palm Lecture Hall. This lecture was sponsored by the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA), the Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASoS), University College Maastricht (UCM), the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the SBE research programme Learning and Working.

Turning the Corner: Lessons from America’s I / we / I century, by Prof. Robert D. Putnam Peter and Isabel Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University

America today is characterized by deep and accelerating inequality; unprecedented political polarization; vitriolic public discourse; a fraying social fabric; public and private narcissism—Americans today seem to agree on only one thing: This is the worst of times. But we’ve been here before. In the late 1800s, during the last Gilded Age, America was highly individualistic, starkly unequal, fiercely polarized, and deeply fragmented, just as it is today. In the aftermath of the Progressive Era at the beginning of the 20th century, however, America became—unevenly, but steadily—more egalitarian, more cooperative, more generous; a society more focused on our responsibilities to one another and less focused on narrower self-interest. As is well-known, over the last half century that broad trend from an “I” society to a “we” society has been interrupted and reversed. America’s challenge today is to turn the corner and regain the spirit of reform of the first Progressive Era.

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