September 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Politics and Prose
70 District Square SW Washington DC 20024
Eric Klinenberg - Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf @ Politics and Prose

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
As the nation becomes increasingly polarized, activists and political theorists have renewed calls for unity and a return to shared values. But values aren’t all that can unite us, renowned sociologist Klinenberg argues. We share physical spaces as well as abstract ideals, and those common grounds—libraries, bookstores, parks, and other public areas—allow the interaction of a wide variety of people. Calling this the “social infrastructure,” Klinenberg, director of NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge, collaborator on Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance, and author of Going Solo—takes us around the world to show how attention to sports fields, churches, and arts centers has strengthened communities and addressed problems from crime to addiction to isolation and even climate change.

This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
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Politics and Prose at The Wharf 70 District Square SW Washington DC 20024