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Small Talks in Washington, DC

October 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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JD Vance

We are pleased to announce that ICS will be hosting Small Talks DC: Securing the American Dream for Young Children featuring JD Vance with the New America Foundation. The New York Times bestselling author of Hillbilly Elegy will address the American Dream for Children Today.

Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy, a first-hand reflection on the economic, social, and cultural barriers that influence rural white social mobility, stormed to the top of bestsellers’ lists in 2016. While pundits have pointed to the book to explain the struggles faced by rural adults, this event focus on what comes before: the issues faced by communities in poverty which impact child development, economic mobility, and life outcomes.

This event will feature remarks by J.D. Vance, followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by Richard V. Reeves, author of Dream Hoarders, this panel will pay special attention to the cultural and systemic barriers associated with economic mobility and broach strategies to address these issues for child and family success along with acknowledging the strong role that families play in supporting the development of children into self-sufficient citizens.

This panel will discuss economic, systemic, and cultural issues from an early childhood and family-system perspective. Vance’s own experience excelling in school thanks to the help of a supportive grandmother illustrates the impact of a supportive home environment and multi-generational families supports. Building from his experience and observations, we will explore policy and societal responses to the current challenges facing families.

To RSVP, please visit New America’s event page.

ICS appreciates the support of the Bradshaw Institute for Community Health and Advocacy at the Children’s Hospital of the Greenville Health Systemthe Pritzker Children’s Initiative, and the Winer Family Foundation for making Small Talks DC possible.


David Wessel, @davidmwessel
Director, Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy, Brookings


Tyra Mariani, @Tyram25
Executive Vice President, New America

Mary C. Garvey, @child_success
Director of Innovation and Inclusion, Institute for Child Success



October 19, 2017
4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Category:


Institute for Child Success
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