The Eleventh Annual Albert Morris Lecture

The Department of Sociology at Boston University is pleased to announce the Eleventh Annual Albert Morris Lecture in Sociology. Named in honor of the first Chair of the BU Sociology Department, this lectureship was established in 2009 after a generous gift from an anonymous alumnus.

This year’s speaker will be Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology 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 and of the journal Public Culture. His scholarly work has been published in journals including the American Sociological Review, and he has contributed to national media outlets including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and the radio program, This American Life.

In his new book, Palaces for the People, Dr. 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. These are places where people gather and linger, making friends across group lines and strengthening the entire community. Klinenberg calls this the “social infrastructure”: When it is strong, neighborhoods flourish; when it is neglected, as it has been in recent years, families and individuals must fend for themselves.

Professor Klinenberg will present his talk “Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life

The Eleventh Annual Albert Morris Lecture in Sociology will be held Thursday, April 4th, 2019 at 5PM on the first floor of the Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Sciences & Engineering (CILSE)  610 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.

This event is free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

For more information, please contact hwalters@bu.edu.