Richard Sennett, Sociologist

"The Decline of the Skills Society"
Forum on the Humanities & the Public World
Photo of Richard Sennett.
Friday, Dec 4, 2009 | 4:00 pm
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall
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United States

Known for his studies of class and urban society, Richard Sennett is Centennial Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics, Bemis Adjunct Professor of Sociology at MIT, and Professor of the Humanities at New York University. His scholarship focuses on social inequality, the effects of urban growth on the individual, and the interconnection between authority, modernism and public life. Highly interdisciplinary in his approach, Sennett draws from architecture, design, music, art, literature, history, political and economic theory, and anthropology. His books include: The Culture of the New CapitalismFlesh and Stone: The Body and the City in Western CivilizationThe Conscience of the Eye: The Design and Social Life of Cities; and The Fall of Public Man. Professor Sennett is the founding director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.