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Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse
September 4, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Tim Carney, author of Alienated America, visited all corners of America. He traveled from the dim country bars of southwestern Pennsylvania to the bustling Mormon wards of Salt Lake City. The data he collected and his research shines a light on why failing social connections are responsible for the great divide in America. Alienated America confirms the suspicion of some conservatives that job-training programs or other public policy solutions alone are not sufficient to fix these places. It also strengthens a liberal narrative that new Trump voters aren’t coming to his rallies for the corporate tax cuts and Obamacare repeal.
In some parts of the United States, life seems to be getting worse because citizens are facing their problems alone. These communities have seen declines in marriage, voting, church attendance, and volunteer work. Even when money comes back to town, happiness does not return if people there do not reengage. The educated and wealthy elites, on the other hand, tend to live in places where institutions are strong or have enough money to insulate themselves.
Come hear more about Alienated America – one of the most talked-about books of 2019, and what Carney proposes as remedies to our challenges. Plus, a distinguished panel of local respondents offers their thoughts on alienation in America, the fracturing of public life, the challenges of building vibrant communities, and opportunities for faith communities in addressing some of these issues.
This event is free, but online registration is required. Visit our Eventbrite page to register now.
A continental breakfast will be provided.
Walk-ins are welcome unless we have reached capacity. Registration will close at 4:00 PM on September 3rd. After this time, please email Katie Wratkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org), if you want to confirm available walk-in seating.