Free film screening: “Join or Die!” traces America’s civic unraveling

Date: 05/11/2024

Time: 7:00 pm

Join us on Sat, May 11 at 7 p.m. at The Stage at WTJU (2244 Ivy Road) for a free screening of “Join or Die!

This feature documentary follows the half-century story of America’s civic unraveling through the journey of legendary social scientist Robert Putnam. His groundbreaking “Bowling Alone” research into America’s decades-long decline in community connections could hold the answers to our democracy’s present crisis.

Join Bob as he explores three urgent civic questions: What makes democracy work? Why is American democracy in crisis? And, most importantly… What can we do about it?

Following the film, WTJU general manager Nathan Moore will facilitate a group discussion.

Archer Parquette of Milwaukee Magazine writes: “The film, like Putnam’s work, is engrossing and, ultimately, convincing. It’s hard to watch without feeling the personal impact of Putnam’s ideas in your own life– the social disconnection, the apathy, the cynicism– and as the credits roll you might just find yourself wanting to join a bowling league.”

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