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Reimagining the American Dream

Reimagining the American Dream

October 20 at 1:30 pm PDT/4:30 pm EDT


In The Epic of America, his best-selling historical narrative of 1931, James Truslow Adams coined the term, the "American Dream," conjuring up "a dream of a social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."

The events of 2020 are a stark reminder that Adams' quintessentially American ideal has not been fully realized, though it continues to be the aspiration of many dreamers both within and beyond the borders of the United States. An exploration of what it would take to reimagine the American Dream will attempt to identify the essential elements all individuals must possess to thrive and attain their personal American Dreams.



Justine Hastings
Founding Director, RIPL; Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research; Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs, Brown University

Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Vice President of Social Impact, The Kennedy Center

Tracy Palandjian
Co-Founder and CEO, Social Finance

Avik Roy
Founder and President, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity



Nicholas Kristof 
Columnist, The New York Times; Author, "Tightrope: Americas Reaching for Hope"