Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America
Few cities more clearly exemplify the trends that are refashioning the social and political landscape across America. The new high-tech, knowledge-based, fully global economy is generating mounting inequalities based primarily on access to quality education. At the same time, an epic transformation is underway, as this nation, once predominantly composed of European nationalities, is rapidly becoming a microcosm of all the world’s ethnicities and religions. And as urban regions compete for the most skilled “knowledge workers” in the new economy, quality-of-place attributes now increasingly determine the fates of cities.
In his presentations, Dr. Klineberg reviews the findings from 38 years of Houston surveys to show how the new realities are unfolding, to assess the changing attitudes and beliefs of the general public, and to consider the implications of these ongoing trends for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Dr. Stephen Klineberg
Kinder Institute for Urban Research
Dr. Stephen Klineberg has been shaping local thought on the ongoing trends in the Houston metropolitan region for almost forty years. As the director of the annual “Kinder Houston Area Survey” (1982-2018), he has tracked the economic outlooks, demographic patterns, experiences and beliefs of area residents during a period of remarkable change. Under contract with Simon & Schuster, his book, Prophetic City: Houston on the Cusp of a Changing America, will be released in 2020. Dr. Klineberg is the recipient of twelve major teaching awards and a much sought-after speaker in the Houston community and beyond. He is a graduate of Haverford College, with a master’s degree from the University of Paris, and a Ph.D. from Harvard. He and his wife Margaret have lived in Houston since the early 1970s; they have two children and five grandchildren.