Talk/Discussion: "Who Stole the American Dream?" with Hedrick Smith

May 3, 2013
7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Bowker Auditorium

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Bill Densmore
Are you worried about your future and about why it seems to be getting harder to get ahead?  The author of a important new best-selling book is coming to UMass as part of a weekend summit conference.
The author is Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times journalist and PBS documentarian Hedrick Smith. His new book is called "Who Stole the American Dream?" It documents the decline of the middle class over 30 years -- at the same time corporate power was growing. Smith's book offers 10 steps for reviving the American Dream. Smith’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m.  It will be followed by Q&A and conversation with Smith and others.
Smith will be introduced by U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern, D-Mass., and will be preceded by a short, pre-recorded video of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. 

The evening is part of “Rules Change: Resetting the Playing Field for Corporations, People and Democracy,”  is a three day conference organized by the UMass Donahue Institute  at the request of McGovern and four other non-profit policy groups.

Smith is a former Washington bureau chief of The New York Times and Emmy-winning PBS documentarian.  He shared a Pulitzer Prize for the Pentagon Paper series and won another Pulitzer for his reporting from Russia.  “Whole Stole the American Dream,” is unique not only for its meticulous assembly of facts about the decline of America’s middle class, but also because Smith, a longtime journalist, chose to make a set of change recommendations at the book’s conclusion.

While Smith’s talk is free and public, the full three-day gathering requires pre-registration.  For details, follow the registration link at:


Bowker Auditorium is located within Stockbridge Hall.