David Leonhardt - "Ours Was the Shining Future"

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt will discuss Ours Was the Shining Future. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with the Association of Marshall Scholars and co-hosted by Chicago Booth School

At the David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago


About the Book: Two decades into the twenty-first century, the stagnation of living standards has become the defining trend of American life. Life expectancy has declined, economic inequality has soared, and, after some progress, the Black-white wage gap is once again as large as it was in the 1950s. How did this happen in the world’s most powerful country? And what happened to the “American dream”—the promise of a happier, healthier, more prosperous future—which was once such an inextricable part of our national identity?

About the Author: David Leonhardt is a senior writer for The New York Times, where he writes The Morning, its flagship daily newsletter. He is the author of Ours Is the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream (Random House, 2023). The Atlantic, the Financial Times and the New Republic named it one of the best books of the year.

Previously at The Times, David was an Op-Ed columnist, the Washington bureau chief, a podcast host and the founding editor of The Upshot section. He also led a strategy group that helped Times leadership shape the newsroom’s digital future. In 2011, David received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

David has served on the boards of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the Russell Sage Foundation as well as on the jury of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. He has been a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson School of Global Affairs. He majored in applied math at Yale and previously worked for Business Week magazine and The Washington Post. David is a third-generation native of New York City.

Event Location: 
David Rubenstein Forum
E 60th St
Chicago, IL 60637