The World Is Always Coming to an End: A Talk by Carlo Rotella

October 29, 2019 | 4:00-6:00pm 
Dana Room, 4th floor of  John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University-Newark
185 University Avenue, Newark, NJ 07102
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What is a neighborhood? What happens when neighbors withdraw from public life behind iron bars and burglar alarms? What becomes of a neighborhood when the balance shifts between sociability and privacy, between coming together and pulling apart?

Carlo Rotella returned to South Shore, the neighborhood on Chicago's South Side where he grew up, to find that the hollowing out of the middle class has left haves and have-nots separated by an expanding gap that makes it hard for them to recognize each other as neighbors.

Blending journalism, archival research, and memoir, The World Is Always Coming to an End uses the story of one American neighborhood to challenge our assumptions about what neighborhoods are, and to think anew about how neighbors can come together across widening divides to form a vibrant community.

Carlo Rotella is a writer, journalist, and scholar. He is the author of five scholarly monographs and is also a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, the Boston Globe and commentator for WGBH FM. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, the Washington Post Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Boston, and other popular and scholarly periodicals. He has received the Whiting Writers Award, the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award, The American Scholar’s prizes for Best Essay and Best Work by a Younger Writer, and several Barney and Bernie awards for feature writing from the Boxing Writers Association of America. He was educated at the University of Chicago Lab School, Wesleyan University, and Yale University. He is professor of American Studies, English, and journalism at Boston College.

This free event is sponsored by the Departments of History, African American and African Studies, English, Political Science, Honors College, Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, American Studies Program, Honors Living-Learning Community, and the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies.