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Putnam to address civic engagement conference, Feb. 12

Political scientist Robert Putnam will speak on "Community Engagement in a Changing America" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in 101 Friend Center.

His lecture will be the keynote address for "Civic Education and Engagement: Toward a Political Science of Citizenship," a working conference of the American Political Science Association's Standing Committee on Civic Education and Engagement.

Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, is the founder of the "Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America." The program brings together leading practitioners and thinkers for a multiyear discussion to develop ideas to fortify the nation's civic connectedness. Putnam is the author of many books and scholarly works, including "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community" (2000) and "Better Together: Restoring the American Community" (2003).

The public is invited to attend the lecture, which will be followed by a reception. The lecture and conference are sponsored by the University Center for Human Values , the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics, the Department of Politics and the American Political Science Association.

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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