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Michèle Lamont with Viet Thanh Nguyen

February 8 @ 8:00 pm 9:00 pm

Michèle Lamont with Viet Thanh Nguyen discussing her book, “Seeing Others: How Recognition Works―and How It Can Heal a Divided World.”

Join us for an in-person and virtual* Live Talks Los Angeles event:

Thursday, February 8, 2024, 8pm

*Virtual event airs on February 13 at 6pm PT/9pm ET

Michèle Lamont with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Seeing Others: How Recognition Works―and How It Can Heal a Divided World


  • $70 General Admisison ticket + two signed books
    (by Lamont and A Man of Two Faces by Viet Thanh Nguyen)
  • $45 General Admission ticket + signed copy of Lamont’s book
  • $20 General Admisison ticket
  • Additional books available for purchase at event
  • Face masks recommended
  • The virtual version of this event airs on Febryary 13, at 6pm PT/9PM ET and is available on video-on-demand for five days.
  • Tickets for the virtual event can be purchased here (includes the book)
  • ASL interpreter provided upon request.
  • F ree parking at the venue

Acclaimed Harvard sociologist makes the case for reexamining what we value to prioritize recognition—the quest for respect—in an age that has been defined by growing inequality and the obsolescence of the American dream.

Michèle Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. An influential cultural sociologist who studies inclusion and inequality, she has tackled topics such as dignity, respect, stigma, racism and anti-racism, class and racial boundaries, social change, and how we evaluate social worth across societies.
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards. His most recent publication is A Man of Two Faces: A Memoir, A History, A Memorial. His other books are the sequel to The Sympathizer, The Committed; a short story collection, The Refugees; Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War ; and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He has also published Chicken of the Sea, a children’s book written in collaboration with his son, Ellison. He is a University Professor at the University of Southern California. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, he is also the editor of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives.

“Michèle Lamont’s book Seeing Others is so important for this time we’re living through — as our country grapples with changing ideas of “who matters” and how we can move to a more equitable and understanding nation. Her extensive research encompasses the intersectionality that is the key to making a better world for us all. A must read.” — Joey Soloway, creator of Transparent

Michèle Lamont unpacks the power of recognition—rendering others as visible and valued—by drawing on nearly forty years of research and new interviews with young adults, and with cultural icons and change agents who intentionally practice recognition—from Nikole Hannah Jones and Cornel West to Michael Schur and Roxane Gay. She shows how new narratives are essential for everyone to feel respect and assert their dignity.

Decades of neoliberalism have negatively impacted our sense of self-worth, up and down the income ladder, just as the American dream has become out of reach for most people. By prioritizing material and professional success, we have judged ourselves and others in terms of self-reliance, competition, and diplomas. The foregrounding of these attributes of the upper-middle class in our values system feeds into the marginalization of workers, people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and minority groups. The solution, Lamont argues, is to shift our focus towards what we have in common while actively working to recognize the diverse ways one can live a life. Building on Lamont’s lifetime of expertise and revelatory connections between broad-ranging issues, Seeing Others delivers realistic sources of hope: By reducing stigma, we put change within reach.

Just as Robert Putnam’s Bowling Alone did for a previous generation, Seeing Others strikes at the heart of our modern struggles and illuminates an inclusive path forward with new ways for understanding our world.


February 8
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Event Category:
Herb Alpert Educational Village, 3131 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404 United States

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