Online Conversation | All the Lonely People: Isolation, Connection, and the Common Good, with Ryan Streeter and Francie Broghammer
Online Conversation | All the Lonely People: Isolation, Connection, and the Common Good 
with Ryan Streeter and Francie Broghammer

On April 9th we were thrilled to host author and scholar Ryan Streeter along with psychiatrist Francie Broghammer. Streeter is the director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and is the author of five books, including Transforming Charity, Religion and the Public Square in the 21st Century, and The Soul of Civil Society. Dr. Broghammer is the Chief Psychiatry Resident at the University of California, Irvine, where her academic interests encompass medical ethics, education, spirituality, and human flourishing, and her research focuses on suicide and social isolation.

In this conversation, we wrestle with tough questions such as how to think about reinvigorating relational and community ties that encourage the flourishing of both the individual and the body politic.  Ryan and Francie discuss the antidotes to isolation in a time of pandemic and strive to find hope for connecting lonely people in a divided nation at a polarized time. We hope this conversation on America’s epidemic of loneliness and the path towards meaningful connection inspires you to consider how you can further cultivate enduring friendships and engage with your community.

The song is “Bring the Light” by Abby Gundersen.

This painting is Coming from the Mill by Laurence Stephen Lowry, 1930

 

Special thanks to Pepperdine School of Public Policy, our sponsor for this event.
Learn more about their American Project which has further panels and essays on related topics.