"Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America"
Few cities more clearly exemplify the trends that are refashioning the social and political landscape across urban America. A new high-tech, knowledge-based, global economy is generating mounting inequalities based primarily on access to quality education.
An epic demographic transformation is underway, as this nation, once predominantly composed of European nationalities, becomes a microcosm of all the world's ethnicities and religions. And quality-of-place attributes now increasingly determine the fates of cities.
We review the findings from 37 years of Houston surveys to explore the way the new realities are unfolding and to consider their implications for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
A graduate of Haverford College, with an M.A. from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Stephen Klineberg is a Professor of Sociology at Rice University. In 1982, he and his students initiated the annual “Houston Area Survey,” now in its 37th year of tracking the demographic patterns, economic outlooks, experiences, and beliefs of Harris County residents.
He has published a series of reports on this ongoing research and is at work this year on a book project, under contract with Simon & Schuster, that is exploring the national implications of the Houston findings, tentatively entitled “Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America.”
The founding-director of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, he is the recipient of twelve major teaching awards and a much sought-after speaker in the Houston community and beyond.
When: August 15, 2018 at Junior League
Member Price: From $40
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