POSTPONED - The American Dream vs. Economic Inequality - Guest Speakers: Heather Boushey and Michael Strain

Co-Sponsored by: The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise and The Center for Poverty Research

April 16, 2020

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Gatton Business & Economics Classroom 311

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The Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise and the Center for Poverty Research will co-sponsor a public lecture on April 16 with two noteworthy economists who both have current books about economic opportunity in America.

Heather Boushey is the president and CEO of the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. She is considered one of the nation’s most influential voices on economic policy. Her new book is titled Unbound: How Economic Inequality Constricts our Economy and What We can do about it.

Michael Strain is a resident scholar and director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute. His new book is titled The American Dream is not Dead (But Populism could Kill it). In addition to his current position at AEI, Strain has worked at the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Both Boushey and Strain publish extensively in the areas of public policy, especially as it relates to economic opportunity in the U.S. Boushey is a regular contributor to the New York Times, The Atlantic and Democracy Journal. She has been named a top 50 visionary in American Politics. Strain also publishes regularly in the popular press including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and National Review. He is also a frequent guest on nationally distributed radio and television programs.

Their lecture at the University of Kentucky will be moderated by Bradley Hardy, associate professor of public policy at American University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kentucky. Hardy is also a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. His work focuses on income volatility, mobility, and poverty policy.

As part of the program, the Institute for Fiscal Studies will make a limited number of both speakers’ books for audience members, and the authors will hold a signing session. The presentation will be held April 16, 4:30-6 p.m., in Room 311 of the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

For more information about the event, contact Kelsey Drury at 859-562-2834 or via email at