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One Book, One Richmond Lecture: Palaces for the People
The One Book, One Richmond Committee 2020-21 book selection is Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg.

We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together and find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done?



In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, Klinenberg shows how "social infrastructure" is helping to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges.

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One Book, One Richmond is a campus-wide effort that encourages students, faculty, staff, and members of the Richmond community to read and discuss a selected book on a social justice issue. Now housed in the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, the effort is led by a committee of students, faculty, and staff representing all five academic schools as well as departments across campus. We strive to encourage active participation in a vibrant intellectual community. Learn more at onebook.richmond.edu.

Feb 24, 2021 07:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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