Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m. 6-week course begins 11/10
America is riven by anger and hatred-suffused divisiveness. It has not always been so. Why now? Whence now? Is there hope? Definitely. Certainty? No. Robert Putnam, in his most recent book, places these questions within the historical and cultural context of the last century and a half. This lecture and discussion course will consider his perspective and address relevant interrelated issues of gender, social class, race, economics, culture, and politics, as well as the role of the sixties. Suggested reading: Robert Putnam, The Upswing: How Americans Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again, ISBN 978-1982129149. Steve Piker is an anthropologist who taught for 44 years at Swarthmore College. At MSC and other senior
colleges, he has both taught and taken numerous courses.