Eric Klinenberg

Friday, July 05, 2019

Location Amphitheater

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Author, "Palaces for the People"

Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University and the author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life. In his book, Klinenberg illuminates social infrastructure’s potential and demonstrates how a robust implementation of it can not only improve community life, but contribute to economic growth and protect our democracy.

Klinenberg defines social infrastructure as “the physical places and organizations that shape the way people interact,” like libraries, parks, churches and bookstores — all the places that we, strangers and familiars alike, mingle and cross paths.

At NYU, Klinenberg’s research projects focus on cities, climate change, culture, politics, media, technology, and social policy. He is the author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living AloneFighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media; and Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago; 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 numerous journals, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Le Monde Diplomatique.