Best-selling author opens spring dialogue series at Elmhurst

Best-selling author opens spring dialogue series at Elmhurst

January 24, 2011
Written by Gregg Brekke

Robert Putnam, best-selling author of "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community," will present "American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us" at UCC-related Elmhurst College February 3.

Hailed as "the most influential academic in the world today" by the "London Sunday Times," Putnam is co-author of more than a dozen books, including "Better Together: Restoring the American Community and American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us" (co-written with David Campbell).

He serves as the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and is a visiting professor at the University of Manchester (UK). Putnam's books have been translated into 20 languages and are among the most cited publications in the social sciences in the past half century.  

Putnam's visit to Elmhurst is part of Still Speaking: Conversations on Faith, the College's yearlong series of dialogues on faith – its varieties, contradictions and influence in the modern world. Still Speaking includes academic work; lectures and cultural events; service and outreach projects involving students and staff.

Still Speaking also is part of the College's observance of the graduation centennial of two of its most esteemed alumni, theologians Reinhold Niebuhr (Class of 1910) and H. Richard Niebuhr (Class of 1912).

Putnam will speak at 7 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, Ill. The lecture, part of the Roland Quest Lecture Series, is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.

The Roland Quest Lecture was established at Elmhurst College in 1996 and quickly became an popular series. It honors Elmhurst alumnus Roland Quest, Class of 1936, a former McDonnell-Douglas engineer who performed design work on the original space shuttle.

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