Amy Offner: "The American Dream Comes Home"
Please join the Rutgers-New Brunswick Department of American Studies for a discussion of "The American Dream Comes Home" with AMY OFFNER (Assistant Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania). Professor Offner will discuss the career of "aided self-help housing"--that is, government policies designed to help lower-income people become homeowners--during and after the War on Poverty. A major component of the Puerto Rican New Deal, aided self-help proliferated in Latin America before coming to the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. Offner shows how policy ideas moved back and forth between the United States and the developing world during the post-World War II era, and complicates some of the categories (such as "mixed economy" and "neoliberalism") we use to talk about social and economic reform. Response by JEFF DECKER (Rutgers University-New Brunswick).