Season 3 October 20-30th 2011

Eric Klinenberg

Sociologist  |  United States
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Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology at New York University, and editor of the journal Public Culture. His first book, Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, won six scholarly and literary prizes (as well as a Favorite Book section from the Chicago Tribune) and was praised as “a dense and subtle portrait” (Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker); “a remarkable, riveting account” (American Prospect); “intellectually exciting” (Amartya Sen); and a “trenchant, persuasive tale of slow murder by public policy” (Salon). A theatrical adaptation of Heat Wave premiered in Chicago in 2008, and a feature documentary based on the book is currently in production. Klinenberg’s second book, Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media, was called “politically passionate and intellectually serious,” (Columbia Journalism Review), “a must-read for those who wonder what happened to good radio, accurate reporting and autonomous public interest” (Time Out New York), and “eye-opening …required reading for conscientious citizens” (Kirkus). Since its publication, he has testified before the Federal Communications Commission and briefed the U.S. Congress on his findings. Klinenberg is currently working on two new projects. One, a study of the problem of urban security, examines the rise of disaster expertise, the range of policy responses to emerging concerns about urban risk and vulnerability, and the challenge of cultivating a culture of preparedness. The other project is a multi-year study of the extraordinary rise in living alone. He reported on parts of this research in a recent story for NPR’s “This American Life”, and is now working on a book, Alone in America, which will be published by The Penguin Press. In addition to his books and scholarly articles, Klinenberg writes for popular publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The London Review of Books, The Nation, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Guardian, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Slate.

Eric Klinenberg will participate in:
« The Need to See and the Will not to Know — How we deal with catastrophes », discussion, Friday, October 28th, NYU Cantor Film Center (theater 101).

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”  Isaac Newton