Anand Giridharadas + Whitney Kimball Coe — The Call to Community in a Changed World

November 30, 2017

No challenge before us is more important — and more potentially life-giving — than that we come to see and know our fellow citizens, our neighbors, who have become strangers. Journalist Anand Giridharadas and Whitney Kimball Coe of the Rural Assembly have two very different histories and places in our life together. But they are both stitching relationship across the ruptures that have made politics thin veneers over human dramas of power and frailty, fear and hope. We spoke at the Obama Foundation’s inaugural summit in Chicago.


Anand Giridharadas is a journalist and writer. His books include India Calling and The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas. His two TED talks are “A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided” and “A letter to all who have lost in this era.”

Whitney Kimball Coe is the director for national programs and coordinator of the National Rural Assembly at the Center for Rural Strategies. She writes for the Center’s blog, “The Daily Yonder.”