Presented by Eric Klinenberg, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University
Eric Klinenberg is the author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life. In his book, he argues that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, bookstores, churches, synagogues, and parks where crucial, sometimes life-saving connections, are formed.
Tonight, Klinenberg discusses why and how social infrastructure investment is becoming a key part of placemaking and urban policy, and how it can help fight inequality, polarization, and the decline of civic life.
A book signing follows the talk.
About the Speaker
Eric Klinenberg is the Helen Gould Shepard Professor of Social Science and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. His other books include Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone and Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media.
About the Kinder Institute Forum Lecture Series
The Kinder Institute Forum Lectures are organized by Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Established in 2010, the institute advances the understanding of critical issues facing Houston and other leading U.S. urban centers through scientific research, educational programs, and public outreach with the goal of developing cities that are more humane and sustainable.
This program is free! Reserve your seat online via the Kinder Institute.