The "American Dream" has historically represented freedom, opportunity, success, and the pursuit of a better life. It's what has attracted tens of millions of people to the U.S. from the time our nation was founded. But for many, the American Dream has become just that--a dream rather than a reality. While many children from lower-income families still end up better off than their parents, studies nonetheless suggest that the majority of children raised in the bottom of the income ladder will stay there.
The Charles Koch Institute will host "Climbing the Ladder: Overcoming Obstacles to Achieving the American Dream," an in-depth policy summit in Atlanta, to examine the hurdles to reaching the American dream and, ultimately, to improving overall well-being for individuals, families, and society.
Please join us as experts explore a range of topics that affect opportunity and economic mobility, such as family income, wealth, ethnicity, geography, and education. Issues particular to Atlanta, recently identified as one of the American cities in which it's most difficult to rise in socioeconomic status, will be highlighted.
Moderated by Alexis Scott, Vice President of Member Relations, National Center for Civil and Human Rights & former Publisher of the Atlanta Daily World.
Max Borders, Editor, The Freeman & Director of Content, Foundation for Economic Education
Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation
Richard V. Reeves, Fellow, Economic Studies & Policy Director, Center on Children and Families, Brookings Institution
Doug Shipman, Chief Executive Officer, National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Remarks to be followed by drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
End : May 14, 2014 - 8:30 PM