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Commodore Conversations 2021

Panel Description

Session Description:  The American Dream has been referenced throughout history as an ideal for which people strive.  But as the definition of the American Dream varies form person to person, so does access and participation in that dream. This session explores the panelists’ multiple perspectives on this topic.


Dr. Kwaku Obosu-Mensah, Professor of Sociology, Lorain County Community College

Ms. Regan Phillips, Executive Administrative Assistant for the City of Elyria Council Clerk; Community Advocate; Philanthropist

Mr. Ronald Ramsey, Sr., Vietnam Veteran, Retired

Online Resources

Library Resources


Sumner, K. (2015, November). How America's public schools keep kids in poverty [Video]. TED Talks.

City Club of Cleveland (2018, November 2). Reclaiming the American Dream [Video]. YouTube.

Vance, J. D. (2016 September). America's forgotten working class. [Video]. Ted   Conferences.

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