Rebuilding Community: How Does America Once Again Go From ‘I’ to ‘We’?


Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 6:00pm

Up close photos of the three featured guest speakers

Join us for a conversation with HKS Professor Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett, co-authors of The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again. In a sweeping look at the forces that have shaped the last century in American life, The Upswing offers some surprising answers to the question of how we have arrived at today's state of deep divisiveness, inequality, and social dislocation. Putnam and Garrett analyze the economic, social, political, and cultural trends and share some lessons from history on how to knit our society back together and usher in another American upswing. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart will moderate the conversation.

Robert D. Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy, HKS and Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Emeritus 

Shaylyn Romney Garrett, Co-Author, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us; Founding Contributor, Weave: The Social Fabric Project 

Jonathan Capehart, Editorial Board Member, The Washington Post; Anchor, “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” MSNBC