Past Event: 2019 Annual Luncheon with Robert Putnam

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Utah Foundation is pleased to announce that renowned Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam will serve as the keynote speaker at our Annual Luncheon on May 21 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Professor Putnam is the author of the landmark work on social capital, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. He is also the author of the recent best-seller, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. Join us to hear one of America’s foremost public scholars share the insights he has gained from decades taking the pulse of our nation.

Professor Putnam is the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and past president of the American Political Science Association. In 2006, Putnam received the Skytte Prize, the world’s highest accolade for a political scientist, and in 2012, he received the National Humanities Medal, the nation’s highest honor for contributions to the humanities.  Raised in a small town in the Midwest and educated at Swarthmore, Oxford, and Yale, he has served as Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. The London Sunday Times has called him “the most influential academic in the world today.”


Utah Foundation is also pleased to present its Civic Cornerstone Award for 2019 to Rio Tinto — a founding and continual Utah Foundation member (through Kennecott Utah Copper). See a news release from April 15th about the award here.

Join Us

The Annual Luncheon is taking place in the Little America Hotel Ballroom. Registration begins at 11:30am. The event begins at noon.

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  • Premium Table sponsorship: $2,500. Includes 1 table of 10, premium seating and recognition as Premium Table sponsor in event promotion.
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