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Robert Putnam visited Aarhus University on 8 December and gave an inspiring lecture based on his new book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, which will be published in March 2015.  (Photo: AU Communication) 
Corey Morris welcomed all the participants on behalf of the organisers from AU Alumni. (Photo: AU Communication) 
Michael Böss is one of the main drivers behind the appointment of Robert Putnam as distinguished visiting professor at Aarhus University. (Photo: AU Communication) 
Ole Nørgaard Madsen has a degree in political science from Aarhus University and has also been employed at the university and at the former Aarhus School of Business. He had returned as an alumnus to hear Putnam’s lecture: “His approach is so wonderfully down to earth, so practical in his politics, and yet incredibly well founded. I guess the genius of it is that he points out things that should have been obvious to us all. I’m deeply fascinated with his ability to account so convincingly and comprehensibly for the fact that the differences between the situation in the 1970s and now cannot be genetically determined, because it hasn’t been long enough for the human genetic makeup to change. The opportunity gap must therefore be contingent on the social environment, and this is where we can actually intervene.” (Photo: AU Communication) 
After Putnam’s lecture in the Main Hall, the alumni proceeded to Stakladen. A former MSc in political science had high praises for the event. “It definitely lived up to my expectations. It was a very interesting event, and we would like a lot more of this. The reason why Putnam’s lecture was so good is that it was socially relevant – even to those of us who are no longer part of the university world. He didn’t just present us with a theoretical conundrum.” (Photo: AU Communication) 
AU Alumni were present at Stakladen to answer questions and provide information about the many benefits of being a member – such as the free event with one of the world’s most prominent people, Robert Putnam. For further information on AU Alumni, go to gerda.au.dk (Photo: AU Communication) 
International student Mattis Lynde was one of the lucky few who got to talk to Robert Putnam after his lecture. “He did a good job. He certainly knows his rhetoric, and he has done some very interesting research. His points were clear, and it was easy to follow how he arrived at his conclusions.” Photo: AU Communication 
There were no available seats in the Main Hall at Aarhus University for ‘An evening with Putnam’. (Photo: AU Communication)

2014.12.16 | Events

Putnam drew a full house at the Main Hall

We have been told that America is the land of opportunities, but the growing opportunity gap between rich and poor makes it hard for people to advance from one social class to another. On 8 December, at a large-scale…

The photo is taken from the webpage of University of Capetown, where Jørgen Elklit spent the spring semester 2014.

2014.11.24 | People

Another award for recognized democracy researcher

Professor Jørgen Elklit awarded for his work on elections and new democracies.

2014.11.24 | People

Professor from Aarhus is associate editor for Oxford Research Encyclopedia

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen will be responsible for the political philosophy section.

NEW BOOKS

The book is part of the series Tænkepauser - viden til hverdagen.

2014.09.29 | New Books

Terror

What is terror? Is the fear of terror exaggerated? Carsten Bagge Laustsen examins a number of critical issues in his new book on terror.

2014.08.29 | New Books

New book: Paradoxes of Liberal Democracy: Islam, Western Europe, and the Danish Cartoon Crisis

Michael Bang Petersen, Rune Slothuus, Rune Stubager, and Paul M. Sniderman have examined the Danish Cartoon Crisis and the Danes' response to it.

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