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After Hours - Eric Klinenberg: Palaces for the People

Friday, July 19th | 7:00pm

Wine reception at 6:30pm for registered guests.

Eric Klinenberg, author of Palaces for the People, argues that social infrastructure, the physical spaces and organizations that shape the way people interact, can help fight inequality, polarization and the decline of civic life. Think libraries, parks, and community gardens, but also the soccer field and even cafes. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces. Klinenberg will also discuss why these gathering spaces matter during disasters. This is a topic of particular interest to the Mill Valley community in light of the increasing threat of wildfires. Social infrastructure can also influence how well many residents cope with the anticipated prolonged power shutoffs.


Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU. His previous books include: Heat Wave: A social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, and Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media. He has published widely and also contributed to The New Yorker, NYT Magazine, Rolling Stone, Fortune, WSJ, Washington Post, Slate, The London Review of Books, and This American Life.

Adults and high school students only.

Registration highly recommended. Click here to register.