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Is the American Dream Dying

The Institute of American Civics, cosponsored with the Steamboat Institute, will host a debate on the question - Is the American Dream Dying?

Participants include Michael Strain, director of Economic Policy Studies and the Arthur F. Burns Scholar in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute, and David Leonhardt, senior writer at The New York Times, where he writes its flagship newsletter, “The Morning.” Kaylee McGhee, a senior fellow at Independent Women’s Forum, will moderate the debate. Strain and Leonhardt have both written books taking opposing positions on the contemporary viability of the American dream. In "The American Dream Is Not Dead: But Populism May Kill It," Strain contends that America remains a land of economic opportunity and extraordinary quality of life but is threatened by “false prophets of populism” on both the left and right. In "Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream", Leonhardt argues that the right’s support for corporate power and the left’s focus on identity politics and social issues over the working class has led to declining upward mobility.


Thursday, March 21 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Baker School of Public Policy and Public Affairs, Toyota Auditorium
1640 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 37996

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Humanities & Social Sciences


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Institute of American Civics
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Patricia Contic

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