Robert D. Putnam visits Aggieland
The College of Liberal Arts and the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) are proud to welcome award-winning author Robert Putnam on February 6, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center.
by Heather Rodriguez ’04
The College of Liberal Arts and the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) are proud to welcome award-winning author Robert D. Putnam on February 6, 2019, at 7 p.m. at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. The event is free, but registration is required.
Putnam, who also visited Texas A&M University in 2016 as part of the college’s Common Ground Reading Initiative, will present his current research in a lecture titled, “Past as Prologue: How We Got Here and How We Can Renew America.”
In a description of his lecture, Putnam says, “By a 3:1 margin Americans on all parts of the political spectrum today say our country is ‘on the wrong track.’ How did we get here?” He will trace the swing of the national pendulum over the last 120 years from an “I” society, to a “we” society, and back to an “I” society.
Putnam is the author of 14 books translated into more than 20 languages, including Bowling Alone and most recently Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. He is also the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, and has consulted with presidents and prime ministers all around the world. He is currently the HIAS Fellow for 2018-2019, and will serve as moderator for a panel discussion at the college’s annual Fallon-Marshall Lecture on February 26, 2019, at 4 p.m. in Rudder Auditorium.