"Palaces for the People" ⁠— New York University professor and sociologist Eric Klinenberg discusses social isolation, economic and racial stratification, and how social infrastructure can revitalize civic life.

This event will start promptly at 7 p.m.

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In his book, “Palaces for the People,” Eric Klinenberg 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. Klinenberg will share 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.

Copies of "Palaces for the People" will be sold on-site. A book signing will follow the program.

About Eric Klinenberg

Eric Klinenberg is Helen Gould Shepard Professor of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the author of “Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life” (Crown, 2018), “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone” (The Penguin Press, 2012), “Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media” (Metropolitan Books, 2007), and “Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago” (University of Chicago Press, 2002), as well as the editor of Cultural Production in a Digital Age, co-editor of Antidemocracy in America (Columbia University Press, 2019), and co-author, with Aziz Ansari, of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Modern Romance” (The Penguin Press, 2015). His scholarly work has been published in journals including the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Ethnography, and he has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and This American Life.

About the Kinder Institute Forum

The Kinder Institute Forum lecture series brings thought leaders from around the world to Houston to share ideas about the most pressing urban issues facing us today. Previous KI Forum speakers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond, global urbanist Richard Florida, Kresge Foundation senior fellow Carol Coletta and Detroit city planner Maurice Cox.

CenterPoint Energy is the title sponsor of the Kinder Institute Forum series. This program is eligible for 1.5 CM credits from the American Planning Association.