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Civic engagement is topic for Putnam talk, May 2

Robert Putnam, an internationally recognized scholar of civic engagement, will focus on trends in involvement, especially among young people, in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The Harvard professor's talk, titled "E Pluribus Unum: Civic Engagement in a Diverse and Changing Society," will close the Pace Center's 2006-07 Civic Awareness and Action Series on "The Just Society."

He will discuss why some young people are growing more involved while others are becoming extremely disengaged, as well as how youth engagement is changing not only politically but also through other institutions and arrangements such as religious involvement and participation in neighborhood and community projects.

Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, was the 2006 recipient of the Skytte Prize, one of the most prestigious international awards for scholarly achievement in political science. A former dean of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, he has written 12 books, including "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community."

Stanley Katz, a lecturer with the rank of professor in the Woodrow Wilson School and a scholar of civil society, will introduce Putnam. Following the lecture, a reception will be held in the Shultz Dining Room in Robertson Hall.

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