Appomattox Project Spring Lecture


2021 Appomattox Project Spring Lecture

The Divided States
of America?

Reasons for Hope in a Fractured Nation

Shaylyn Romney Garrett
Co-author of The Upswing: How America Came Together
A Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again
(with Robert Putnam)

Wednesday, March 3rd

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
free and open to the public

Livestream via YouTube Live

Youtube live event

About the Speaker

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Shaylyn Romney Garrett

Shaylyn Romney Garrett is the co-author (with Robert Putnam) of The Upswing: How America Came Together A Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again  (Simon & Schuster, 2020). Her work also includes the uniquely revealing portraits of religious communities across the United States in the award winning book, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. She is also a founding contributor to David Brooks’s Aspen Institute initiative, Weave: The Social Fabric Project. Her writing has appeared in TIME magazine, The New York Times, and various other publications. 

Her nonprofit work has been featured by the New York Times, FastCompanyLinkedInHarvard Business Review, and Arab Investor. In 2011, she was honored with the Draper Richards Kaplan Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship. Finally, Ms. Garrett has been a finalist in the global Echoing Green Competition, a speaker at TEDx, and a participant in the Clinton Global Initiative. She records her journey at her blog, Project Reconnect.



This event is part of the Appomattox Project, an initiative hosted by UVU's Center for the Study of Ethics in collaboration with various campus and community partners. Co-sponsors include Utah Humanities, UVU Office of Academic Programs, and UVU College of Humanities & Social Science

Selected Videos

Further Reading

"How to Actually Make America Great: Reversing 50 years of social decline"David Brooks, The New York Times
October 15, 2020

"The Crisis of American Democracy is Not Over"
Adam Serwer, The Atlantic
November 8, 2020

In 'The Upswing,' History Holds The Keys To Moving Away From Today's Tumultuous AgeMartha Anne Toll, National Public Radio  November 2, 2020

"Voting Alone" 
Marc Tracy, New York Times
September 20, 2020

What Must the US do to Sustain its Democracy?Peter Dizikes , MIT News Office
January 20, 2021

"Can America Come Together Again?" 
Jeffrey Rosen, National Constitution Center
November 10, 2020