On April 14, Princeton University Professor Anne Case will address the recent decline in life expectancy in the U.S. and the social and economic factors that are making life harder for the working class.
Case’s 2022 Hilldale-Offner Lecture, “The Great Divide: Education, Death & Despair,” is free and open to the public. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the Overture Center’s Promenade Hall following the La Follette School’s Alumni and Friends reception. Case’s lecture will also be streamed to YouTube.
The author of Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, Case will give an account of how the flaws in capitalism are harming America’s working class. She will discuss the dramatic rise in deaths from opioid overdose, alcoholism, and suicide in recent decades among people without a college degree and how the disparity between those who are prospering and those who are struggling continues to grow. The lecture will examine possible economic and policy solutions that could begin to close this gap and ensure that capitalism works for all.