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Book Discussion: “The Upswing”

With Lakeside Chautauqua’s 150th Anniversary just around the corner, we’re excited to introduce you to Lakeside Onlinea new way to connect with friends year-round, explore the Chautauqua experience from the comfort of home and catch a sneak peek of what’s in store for the Sesquicentennial Celebration next summer.  

From December through April, discuss books written by next summer’s visiting authors and keynote speakers, participate in virtual conversations with the Chautauqua Pillar Directors and make the holiday season meaningful with an Advent Study.

The Upswing by Robert Putnam
Discussion Host: John Porcari
Monday, April 17 | 7-8 p.m.

Lakeside Chautauqua is excited to welcome Dr. Robert Putnam to Hoover Auditorium as one of our Chautauqua Lecture Series keynote speakers on Tuesday, June 20 at 8 p.m.

In preparation for his lecture, you’re invited to join a virtual book discussion about his latest book, The Upswing, led by Lakesider John Porcari. Connect with friends across the country to exchange thoughts, questions and ideas about this book. Participants are encouraged to read selected books prior to our discussions. Pre-registration required.

About the Book

From the author of Bowling Alone and Our Kids, a “sweeping yet remarkably accessible” (The Wall Street Journal) analysis that “offers superb, often counterintuitive insights” (The New York Times) to demonstrate how we have gone from an individualistic “I” society to a more communitarian “We” society and then back again, and how we can learn from that experience to become a stronger more unified nation.


For the inaugural year of Lakeside Online, programs will be free-of-charge. Donations are gratefully accepted to support these mission-driven programs. Visit lakesideohio.com/today to make a contribution. Sign up for one or all of the experiences. Zoom links will be sent via email 48 hours in advance of each program. For questions, contact Jeannie Fleming-Gifford, Vice President of Programming, at jeannie@lakesideohio.com

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 Discussion Host: John Porcari

John Porcari and his family have been coming to Lakeside for more than 20 years and became homeowners in 2015.  Porcari, the Programming Chair of Lakeside’s Sesquicentennial Committee, has a deep appreciation for all that Lakeside offers through the 4 Chautauqua Pillars and seeks to share that way of living to those he encounters in his personal and professional life.

Like many others, Porcari is deeply concerned about the divisions and growing polarization of our society. He is committed to seeking and creating grassroots opportunities for people to come together and appreciate the dignity and equal humanity of one another in service to creating meaningful and flourishing community.

About the Author

Robert D. Putnam is the Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and a former Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Nationally honored as a leading humanist and a renowned scientist, he has written 14 books, including the bestselling Our Kids and Bowling Alone, and has consulted for four U.S. Presidents. In 2012, President Obama awarded him the National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor for contributions to the humanities. His research program, the Saguaro Seminar, is dedicated to fostering civic engagement in America.

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Apr 17, 2023


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 17, 2023
  • Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm




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