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How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again


You are invited, Monday night, to a presentation about how America overcame polarization in the past and how we can do it again. Author Robert Putnam will speak about his book at the University of Richmond. Free, no tickets required.


Monday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.

Alice Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts

University of Richmond

A reception and book signing will follow in the Booth Lobby.


Robert Putnam's recent book, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again (2020), is a widely-praised study of 20th-century American economic, social, political, and cultural trends. Putnam examines how America has reached historic levels of polarization, economic inequality, social isolation, and cultural self-centeredness. Using lessons learned from a century ago, he explores how America came together then and how we might do so again. Dr. Putnam will share his reflections on these themes in the 2023 Forum and offer suggestions on how we may contribute to America's next upswing.


Robert Putnam is the Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and past president of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Putnam has written fifteen books, translated into twenty languages, including the influential Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, which is among the most influential social science works in nearly a century.


A counselor to presidents and prime ministers across the globe, Dr. Putnam has consulted for Presidents Carter, Clinton, Bush 43, and Obama. In 2013, President Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal, the nation's highest honor for contributions to the humanities.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. For additional information, visit the Forum website or contact the Office of the Chaplaincy at (804) 289-8500.


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