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This webinar launches the Social Research issue,

Loneliness, Vol. 88, No. 3 (Fall 2021)

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has ravaged communities globally, people have been forced to re-examine what it means to be lonely and to live with loneliness in a way they had not before. The time is right for asking, what is the nature of loneliness and how does it affect individuals and communities?

What is the difference between solitude, which is sought after, and loneliness which is feared?

Join us in the discussion as we examine these and other questions not only as they apply to the current COVID-19 moment, but more generally as a life condition.


Arjun Appadurai, Chair, Goddard Professor in Media, Culture and Communication; Senior Fellow at the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University; Professor Emeritus

Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology, Helen Gould Shepard Professor in Social Science, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge

Christian Sheppard, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Co-edited Mystics: Presence and Aporia

Kathrin Wittler, Postdoctoral Researcher, Peter Szondi Institute for General and Comparative Literature, Freie Universität Berlin


Nick Lemann, Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism and Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Journalism, Columbia University



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