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2017 James Q. Wilson Lecture on Reviving the Heartland

Edward Glaeser Harvard University
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 New York City

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2017 James Q. Wilson Lecture on Reviving the Heartland

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Lecture

2017 James Q. Wilson Lecture on Reviving the Heartland

Edward Glaeser Harvard University
New York City 06:00pm—07:30pm
Tuesday September 26
Tuesday September 26 2017
PAST EVENT Tuesday September 26 2017

On September 26th, the Manhattan Institute hosted the 2017 James Q. Wilson Lecture. This year's lecture was delivered by Edward Glaeser, senior fellow and professor at Harvard University.

Economic stagnation, high joblessness, family breakdown, an opioid crisis— America's rural heartland faces a growing list of troubles. J.D. Vance wrote about them in his bestseller Hillbilly Elegy. Donald Trump tapped into them on his way to the White House. In the 2017 James Q. Wilson Lecture, renowned economist Edward Glaeser will offer his own diagnosis of what went wrong in Middle America—and how to fix it.

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributing editor of City Journal. Glaeser's research focuses on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He has authored dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics, as well as the 2012 New York Times bestseller, Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. Glaeser holds a B.A. from Princeton University and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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For 15 years, James Q. Wilson, who passed away in March 2012, delivered an enormously popular annual lecture for the Manhattan Institute. The impressive variety of his topics—the criminal-justice system, the roots of terrorism, the role of the media in shaping public opinion, and the nature of democracy, to name just a few—reflected his wide-ranging intellect, and the size of the audiences that attended testified to a long and admiring relationship between Professor Wilson and the Manhattan Institute.

Wilson, a former professor at Harvard University and UCLA, wrote many books, among them The Moral Sense and The Marriage Problem. His public service included the chairmanship of the White House Task Force on Crime in 1966 and the National Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse Prevention from 1972 to 1973. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Wilson received the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in July 2003.

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