"The Upswing" Virtual Authors Talk, sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council
This program, sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council, will feature the authors of The Upswing: How American Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again. Robert D. Putnam is a nationally honored humanist, Harvard professor, and author of the best seller, Bowling Alone. In his new book, Putnam and co-Author Shaylyn Romney Garrett, examine deep and accelerating inequality; unprecedented political polarization; vitriolic public discourse; and a fraying social fabric. In a virtual author talk hosted in early January, Putnam and Garrett will share lessons of community building from an earlier era and propose strategies that will help ‘Middle America’ meet in the middle.
This event is part of a larger initiative called: ‘Why it Matters: Uniting a Polarized Nation’. In four varied activities, MH participants will consider the impact of ideological polarization in America. Our nation’s social fabric is torn by partisan distrust, disinformation, exclusion, and coarsened public discourse. Our ties to one another have become perilously fragile and Americans are more divided than ever, gridlocked over social issues, race, health, and the economy. In this series, Missouri Humanities (MH) will explore what divides us, how ideological polarization has made its mark on American history, and its continued impact on the health of our democracy. MH will leverage its reach to address the many layers of ideological polarization and approach the issue on personal, community, historical, and societal levels with our virtual audience in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the ‘Show Me’ state.
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