Michèle Lamont's lecture title is: From “having” to “being”: self-worth and the current crisis of American society
Lecture abstract: This lecture diagnoses challenges of neoliberal American society: the pitfalls of the American dream across classes, hardened group boundaries, and the need to invent new narratives of hope.
Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. Her research interests include: cultural sociology; inequality; race and immigration; comparative sociology; the sociology of knowledge; contemporary sociological theory. She served as the 108th President of the American Sociological Association in 2016-2017. She is also the recipient of the 2017 Erasmus prize for her contributions to the social sciences in Europe and the rest of the world. A cultural and comparative sociologist, Lamont is the author of a dozen books and edited volumes and close to one hundred articles and chapters on a range of topics including culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods.
A reception will follow the lecture.