“American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us,” Robert Putnam (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard)
Thursday, March 1, 6 p.m.
Moderator: Robert Hefner (Director, Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs, Boston University)
This event is co-sponsored by Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion & World Affairs and supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.
Robert D. Putnam is Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He was the 2006 recipient of the Skytte Prize and has served as an adviser to presidents and national leaders around the world. He has written more than a dozen books, including Bowling Alone and Making Democracy Work, both among the most-cited publications in the social sciences in the last half century. The London Sunday Times has called him “the most influential academic in the world today.” Putnam’s most recent book, American Grace, co-authored with David Campbell of Notre Dame, focuses on the role of religion in American public life. Based on data from two of the most comprehensive national surveys on religion and civic engagement ever conducted, American Grace is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s 2011 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs.