UW Honors Announcements

November 25, 2020

Special event with Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett

Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to a special event with authors Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett—hosted by Eric Liu of Citizen University and The Aspen Institute’s Citizenship and American Identity Program.

Deep and accelerating inequality. Unprecedented political polarization. Vitriolic public discourse. A fraying social fabric. Public and private narcissism.

Sound familiar? In the United States, we have actually been here before—a time known as the Gilded Age. And yet throughout the late 1800s, America became more egalitarian, more cooperative, and more generous. It was a society on the upswing. Join us for a conversation about the parallels of this era to today’s moment in time.

In their new book, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, authors Authors Robert Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett discuss this pivotal time in American history and what lessons we can learn for the challenges of today.

A discussion with Eric Liu, Robert Putnam, and Shaylyn Romney Garrett
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Eric will speak with Robert and Shaylyn about the lessons that the late 1800s hold for today—and the signs they see of civic renewal and a possibility for an upswing in today’s democracy. Together, they’ll draw out lessons for our time from an earlier era to put our nation on a path to becoming a society once again based on community. We hope you’ll join us for this special event!

Eric Liu in conversation with Robert D. Putnam and Shaylyn Romney Garrett
December 8, 2020 from 11am—12pm PT | 2—3pm ET
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