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The Blanche Grosswald Endowed Lecture: Why is Quality of Life Falling in the US?

New York Times columnist and author Nicholas Kristof will join a multidisciplinary panel of Rutgers experts from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the School of Social Work, and the School of Communication and Information to discuss how and why the United States is declining on the Social Progress Index.

The Social Progress Index, inspired by the research of Nobel-winning economists, collects 50 metrics of well-being — nutrition, safety, freedom, the environment, health, education, and more — to measure quality of life. These experts will examine the metrics where the U.S. scored lowest, the structural problems that have led to this point, and how the current state of public affairs in the United States may accelerate the decline of well-being.

Cosponsored by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the School of Communication and Information, and the School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Panelists: 

Nicholas D. Kristof, Columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize Winner, The New York Times
Juan D. Gonzalez, Richard D. Heffner Professor of Communications and Public Policy and Professional of Professional Practice, Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University
Lenna Nepomnyaschy, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers University
Stuart Shapiro, Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
 

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