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“The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again,” a conversation between Robert Putnam, Ph.D., Shaylyn Romney Garrett, and Spiro Bolos will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 10 via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, suitable for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.

Robert Putnam, Ph.D., Shaylyn Romney Garrett, and Spiro Bolos
(image from www.familyactionnetwork.net)

In a sweeping overview of more than a century of history, drawing on his inimitable combination of statistical analysis and storytelling, Robert Putnam, Ph.D., with Shaylyn Romney Garrett, analyzes a remarkable confluence of trends that brought us from an “I” society to a “We” society and then back again. He draws inspiring lessons for our time from an earlier era, when a dedicated group of reformers righted the ship, putting us on a path to becoming a society once again based on community. Engaging, revelatory, and timely, The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again is Prof. Putnam’s most ambitious work yet, a fitting capstone to a brilliant career.

Prof. Putnam has written 15 books, translated into 20 languages, including Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Italy and Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, both among the most cited (and bestselling) social science works in the last half century. His most recent bestseller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, chronicled the growing class gap among American youth, and this book was the topic of Prof. Putnam’s 2016 FAN talk.

Ms. Romney Garrett is a writer and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her life to the pursuit of connection, community, and healing in an increasingly fragmented world.

In addition to her work with Prof. Putnam on The Upswing, she also co-authored with him the award-winning book, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. She is a founding contributor to the Aspen Institute’s initiative, Weave: The Social Fabric Project, and writes about her personal journey back to community on her blog, Project Reconnect.

Prof. Putnam and Ms. Romney Garrett will be interviewed by Spiro Bolos, a 26-year veteran of the classroom who has taught a wide range of courses in the Social Studies at New Trier High School and at various other institutions in the past. He holds a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The February 10 webinar is sponsored by Family Action Network (FAN), in partnership with Evanston Township High School D202, Beacon Academy, Catherine Cook School, Compass Health Center, Countryside Day School, Family Service of Glencoe, Fusion Academy, Glencoe D35, Kenilworth D38, Lake Bluff D65, Lake Forest Country Day School, Lake Forest D67, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Mindful Psychology Associates PC, Near North Montessori School, New Trier High School D203, New Trier Parents’ Association, North Shore Country Day School, Pope John XXIII School, Porter-Gaud Parent Association, Regina Dominican College Preparatory High School, Rogers Park Montessori School, Roycemore School, Science and Arts Academy, Spirit of 67, St. Athanasius School PSO, Stevenson High School D125, The Alliance for Early Childhood, Winnetka D36, Wolcott College Prep, and Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart.

The event will be recorded and available later on FAN’s website and YouTube channel. A bonus after-hours event is also available to webinar attendees. more information is available at www.familyactionnetwork.net.