The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again
Wednesday, November 18 | 5:30 PM | Virtual Event
Join Tisch College for a conversation with author, professor, and thought-leader, Robert Putnam, to talk about his latest book, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again. The Upswing, written with Shaylyn Romney Garrett, is an analysis of economic, social, and political trends over the 20th century, demonstrating how we have gone from an individualistic society to a more communitarian society—and then back again. How we can learn from that experience to become a stronger, more unified nation?
Putnam is the Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, where over the years he has also served as Dean of the Kennedy School of Government, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Putnam previously taught at the University of Michigan and served on the staff of the U.S. National Security Council. His counsel has been sought by national and grassroots leaders on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Atlantic, including Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, Prime Ministers Blair and Cameron, and prime ministers from Ireland and Finland to Singapore and South Korea. In 2013, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor for contributions to the humanities, by President Barack Obama. Putnam has written fifteen books and received eighteen honorary degrees from universities in eight countries.
**The first 25 Tufts students to register for the event will receive a free copy of The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again.
This event is sponsored by Tisch College, JumboVote, the Civic Studies Program, and the Political Science Department.