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Book of the Semester Lecture: The Upswing

Wednesday, January 25
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hinckley Center

Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett will be on campus on 25 January to discuss their book The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again.

In a time of increasing division, vitriol, and political and social strife, how can America come together to become a more unified nation? Putnam and Garrett tackle this question in The Upswing, which has been chosen as the Kennedy Center's Book of the Semester. The book recounts how American society slowly became more egalitarian and cooperative in the early 20th century, only to swing back and return to division and disarray. In this "sweeping yet remarkably accessible book," says The Wall Street Journal, the authors "help us think concretely about how to enable a revival of American life."

Join us for a conversation with the authors on Wednesday, 25 January at noon in the Hinckley Center Assembly Hall. You can also watch via livestream here. This event is co-sponsored by the Kennedy Center and the Wheatley Institute.

Part of our winter 2023 lecture series, "Building a Civil Society."

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