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Public Affairs Event

Solving the Crisis in Working-Class America, with Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Public Affairs Event
Thursday, June 4th 2020 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Program Fee:
Free for Members | $15 for Non-Members

Please Note: All attendees will receive an email confirmation including a zoom invite two hours prior to the program with details of how to access the webinar.

In Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, the Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn issue a plea--deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans--to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.  The authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared. About one-quarter of the children on Kristof's old school bus died in adulthood from drugs, alcohol, suicide, or reckless accidents. While these particular stories unfolded in one corner of the country, they are representative of many places the authors write about, ranging from the Dakotas and Oklahoma to New York and Virginia. But here too are stories about resurgence, which suggests that there are viable ways to solve our nation's drug epidemic. These accounts provide a picture of working-class families needlessly but profoundly damaged as a result of decades of policy mistakes. 

Nicholas Kristof, Op-ed Columnist, New York Times, and Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Sheryl WuDunn, Former Foreign Correspondent, New York Times, and Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Sponsoring Committee:
Senior Lawyers, Barry M. Bloom, Chair
Public Affairs Event Subcommittee, Frank Wagner, Chair
Drugs and the Law, Luke Schram, Chair

New York City Bar Association 42 West 44th St New York, NY 10036 UNITED STATES

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