Tuesday, March 5, 2024 @ 6PM | St. John's Episcopal Church
Repairing American Society
One Zip Code at a Time.

“Fragile Neighborhoods is an essential and engaging read for everyone who wants to better understand the challenges facing our cities, towns and our nation at large.” Richard Florida – Bestselling Author of “The Rise of the Creative Class”

(This program is only being sold now as a part of the Dinner at the Square season; single dinner tickets to this program will be available shortly.) As we continue our “Join or Die” year—exploring how we build lives of connection and belonging inside a polarized America—we’d be remiss if we didn’t turn our attention to the neighborhoods and the city where we live our lives.

Too many of us live in neighborhoods plagued by rising crime, school violence, family disintegration, addiction, alienation, and despair. Even the wealthiest neighborhoods are not immune; while poverty exacerbates these challenges, they exist in zip codes rich and poor, rural and urban, and everything in between.

Our special guest Seth D. Kaplan is an expert on fragile states across the world, consulting for the World Bank, U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as developing country governments and NGOs. His new book “Fragile Neighborhoods: Repairing American Society One Zip Code at a Time” brings  Seth’s experience overseas to our social decline in America—and Tallahassee— to revitalize our local institutions and the social ties that knit them together.

Pick up a copy of Fragile Neighborhoods beginning October 17th by swinging by Midtown Reader.


Seth D. Kaplan is a leading expert on fragile states. He is a Professorial Lecturer in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, Senior Adviser for the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT), and consultant to multilateral organizations around the world.

We want to heartily thank our generous Dinner at the Square season sponsor Americans for Prosperity Foundation in Florida! Their support helps make it possible to bring you a season of delicious dinner with fantastic guests. Learn more about them here!


Seth Kaplan
Johns Hopkins