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Harvard's Robert D. Putnam speaks on community involvement in post-9/11 America on Friday, February 27

Title: "Community Engagement in a Changing America"

What: A lecture on building communities in American society continues Reed College's ongoing public policy lecture series.

Who: Robert D. Putnam, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, author of Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, and former dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

When: 4:30 p.m., Friday, February 27

Location: Vollum lecture hall, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Cost: The lecture is free and open to the public

Contact: For more information, the public is asked to call the Reed events hotline at 503/777-7755 or visit .

Putnam is the founder of The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, a program that has brought together leading practitioners and thinkers for a multi-year discussion to develop broad-scale, actionable ideas to fortify the nation's civic connectedness. In 2001-2002 he served as President of the American Political Science Association. He is now conducting research on the challenges of building community in an increasingly diverse society.

In "A Better Society In A Time Of War" (Op-ed by Robert Putnam in New York Times, 10/19/01, p. A19), Putnam notes that the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, like the attacks of Sept 11, evoked feelings of pride and citizenship in every American, Putnam says Americans can find inspiration in the institutions and practices Americans created 60 years ago, and observed that the sense of community was created in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor through civic involvement, with the help of government. Putnam asserts that effort must be made now to ensure that resurgence of community involvement continues, through blood donations, contributions to victims and their families, and attendance at places of worship, and further asserts that government should urge country's religious congregations to plan interfaith services and should expand national service programs.

The public policy lecture series is sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund, the Bernard Goldhammer Lecture Fund, and the Reed College political science and economics departments.