Few people understand the intricacies and importance of social spaces like Eric Klinenberg. A sociologist and author of several acclaimed books, his latest work is Palaces for the People: in it, he explores how communities’ social infrastructure spaces—like libraries, childcare centers, churches, and so on—are where crucial, sometimes life-saving connections, are formed.
But, these spaces are often difficult to access—especially in poorer or underserved areas. How can we ensure that social infrastructure exists for those who need it most? In this talk, Eric explores how public institutions and shared educational spaces are designed to reflect what we value as a society; and enhancing the ways we engage with these spaces will lead to a more successful, happier population overall. Drawing from data, real-world examples, and the latest figures from urban development, Eric takes a deeper look at the nuanced factors shaping social space—and how communal, educational spaces are more vital than ever.
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.
Copies of Palaces for the People are available to borrow from your local library or to purchase from our bookstore partner, The Last Word. Held on April 27, 2022.
Examining and Interpreting Native and Indigenous Heritage Panel Discussion
Kyle T. Mays, PhD (Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles; Author, "An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States; Saginaw Anishinaabe)
Ashley Minner, PhD (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina; Artist; Assistant Curator for History and Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian)
Rico Newman (Elders Council, Choptico Band of Piscataway Indians & Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs)
Norris Howard Jr (Leader, Pocomoke Nation)
Moderated by Elizabeth Rule, PhD (Assistant Professor, American University; Curator, Guide to Indigenous Maryland; Member, Chickasaw Nation)
Maryland Libraries Together presents "Examining and Interpreting Native and Indigenous History," a virtual panel discussion. Historians, scholars, and nationally-recognized Native American and Indigenous leaders discuss approaches to respectfully engaging with history in order to promote greater awareness of Native and Indigenous heritage in the United States.
Part of the "Guide to Indigenous Maryland" project. This program is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Maryland State Library, as well as by the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. Maryland Libraries Together is a collaboration of Maryland libraries to engage communities in enriching educational experiences that advance an understanding of the issues of our time.Held on June 20, 2022.