Pulitzer Prize Winner Hedrick Smith Discusses “Who Stole the American Dream” Oct. 23

Pulitzer Prize Winner Hedrick Smith Discusses “Who Stole the American Dream” Oct. 23

Monday, October 07, 2013

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Emmy Award winning producer Hedrick Smith will speak at UNH Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in MUB Theatre II. The event is free. 

Smith will discuss his latest book, “Who Stole the American Dream?” in which he describes an America that has moved from an era of middle class prosperity and power, effective bipartisanship and grass roots activism to polarized gridlock, unequal democracy and an unequal economy that has unraveled the American Dream for millions of middle class families. 

The event is co-sponsored by Cooperative Extension and The Carsey Institute. A panel discussion with representatives from Cooperative Extension, The Carsey Institute, the student body, and other organizations follows Smith’s presentation.   

“We are thrilled to have someone of Hedrick Smith’s stature coming to campus,” says Charlie French, head of UNH Cooperative Extension’s community and economic development unit. “This is a tremendous opportunity for the university community to weigh in on a provocative topic. We hope that students, especially, will get in on this conversation that is so relevant to them.” 

During the post-lecture discussion, audience members and panelists will consider how the university community is impacted by socio-economic forces that Hedrick suggests are “eroding” the middle class and will discuss the student experience today and potential barriers to students’ ability to become contributing and benefitting members of society and the economy post-graduation. 

Hedrick Smith is an acclaimed journalist with a long history covering public policy, the economy, and politics. He spent 26 years with The New York Times in its Saigon, Cairo, Paris, Moscow and Washington, DC bureaus, receiving a Pulitzer Prize for his international reporting from Russia and Eastern Europe. He was a member of team that produced the Pulitzer Prize winning “Pentagon Papers” series. As a producer and correspondent for PBS, Smith received two Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades. Smith’s best-selling books include “The Russians” and “The Power Game: How Washington Works.” For more information, visit http://hedricksmith.com.