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RICH BENJAMIN | The Divided States of America: Big National Transformations, Small Towns | Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 3:00 PM

Sunday, May 22
Doors: 2:30pm Show: 3pm
$8 to $20

The Divided States of America: Big National Transformations, Small Towns

Sunday, May 22, 2022 | 3:00 PM

STUDENT (18 & under): $8*

Celebrated author, speaker, and cultural anthropologist, Rich Benjamin, joins Raue Center for a special presentation and moderated Q&A discussing his personal experiences engaging with communities in small-town America and his deft observations of modern society, culture, and politics with a goal toward building understanding and openness.

“I believe that adaptation requires openness. It requires a willingness to understand others, a willingness to understand oneself. And I believe in that willingness comes an openness to change.” – Rich Benjamin

Don’t miss this timely discussion with one of America’s finest scholars. Moderated by James Knight. 
Rich Benjamin is a political analyst, a cultural anthropologist, a speaker, an author. Benjamin’s cultural and political analysis appears regularly in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, The New York Times Sunday Book Review, and National Public Radio (NPR).  His scholarly research has received support from Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, Brown University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Benjamin was recently a Fellow in the literary arts at the Bellagio Center (Italia), Rockefeller Foundation. Rich has a BA in English and political science from Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the Authors Guild, the national union of writers that has been protecting authors’ rights and free speech since 1912.


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