25 OCTOBER 2018 / Eric Klinenberg on how Social Infrastructure can Strengthen Democracy at the SNF Agora Institute

On Wednesday, October 24th, New York University sociologist, Eric Klinenberg, gave a talk on the far-reaching, life-and-death impacts of social infrastructure, namely shared public spaces, such as libraries, parks, playgrounds and churches, among others, as explored in his recent book, Palaces for the People.

These spaces are crucial, as Mr. Klinenberg argues, for bridging divides and safeguarding the values of democracy.

The event was hosted by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins, making it one of the very first held since the Institute’s inception.

Launched in 2017 with a $150 commitment from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the SNF Agora Institute draws inspiration from the Agora of ancient Athens to revitalize the open and inclusive discourse on which democracy is founded. The Institute will soon have a physical home on the Johns Hopkins campus in the form of a center designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, which will host further events in the vein of Klinenberg’s talk.