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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

The Moral Origins of the Great Recession

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David Bosworth
University of Washington

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

 

Abstract: Although the financial collapse of 2008 moved with alarming speed, the evolution of the bad faith that drove the recession is a more gradual story. Over the past sixty years, sweeping ethical, political and economic change has created a new "virtual America," driven by the commercialization of both public spaces and electronic information. Ultimately the materialist values of this new America have co-opted our politics, health care, art and even the most intimate aspects of our personal lives. Drawing on his latest book, The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America: The Moral Origins of the Great Recession, David Bosworth will present an alternative story of American life since 1950 that relentlessly challenges today’s dominant narratives.

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David Bosworth is a professor in the University of Washington’s Creative Writing Program, where he previously served as director for five years. He is the author of The Demise of Virtue in Virtual America: The Moral Origins of the Great Recession (2014). He also wrote the award-winning novel From My Father, Singing (1986) and the short fiction collection The Death of Descartes (1981). His fiction, poetry, and literary and cultural essays have been published in numerous journals, such as The Public Interest and The Georgia Review. Bosworth has also contributed to a number of collective projects on cultural change in America, working with the Institute for American Values and other organizations to address issues like the fragility of the American family and the corporatization of public education. He is currently working on a book about epistemological change, scheduled for publication in 2015. He earned his B.A. from Brown University.

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