Thursday, April 14, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A
Catholic University of America
Trust is quickly fading from our civic and political life. Americans’ trust in their government has reached all-time lows; surveys show that citizens trust the news media less than ever before; and confidence in law enforcement has ebbed to levels not seen in years. What has led to such high levels o, and is there a way to rebuild people’s trust in their leaders and institutions?
A panel of scholars will convene at The Catholic University of America campus in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 14 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A to discuss the problem of declining trust and ways in which it can be restored across a range of policy issues. It will include experts from history, sociology, political science, psychology, theology, international relations, media studies, and education. Sponsored by Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and The School of Arts and Sciences.
8:30-9:00 Registration, Coffee and Pastries
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Maria Mazzenga, Acting IPR Director
9:15-10:30AM Session I. Foundations of Trust
- Carole Brown (Education) and William D’Antonio (Sociology): “Family as Model of Trust-building for Infants/children”
- Stephen J. McKenna (Media and Communications Studies): “Mimetic perspectives on Trust”
- Desmond Jagmohan (Politics, Princeton University): “Machiavelli of the Black Belt: Booker T. Washington and the Politics of Deception”
Discussant: James Youniss (Psychology)
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 Session II: Trust in Institutions
- Matthew Green (Politics): “Trust in Congress: Where it Went and How to Get It Back”
- Maria Mazzenga (IPR/History) and William D’Antonio (Sociology): “Public Trust and Organized Labor, A Genealogy, ca. 1930-Present”
- Daniel Kinderman (International Relations, University of Delaware): “Trust and Mistrust in the European Union”
Discussants: William Dinges (Theology) & Dorle Hellmuth (Politics)
12:00- 1:15 Lunch and Keynote Address
“Thin or Thick? Reflections on Trust from the Catholic Tradition”
Stephen Schneck, IPR Director and Associate Professor of Politics
1:30– 2:45 Session III: Trust Among Actors
- Enrique Pumar (Sociology): “Trust among Ethnic Groups. Lesson from Contemporary Migration.”
- Maryann Cusimano Love (Politics/Peace Studies): Trust and Catholic Peacebuilding in Ghana”
- Andrew Yeo (Politics/Asian Studies): Trust-Building in the Absence of Generalized Trust: The Curious Case of Northeast Asia”
Discussant: Sandra Hanson (Sociology)
2:45 – 3:00 Closing Remarks
Andrew Yeo, Associate Professor of Politics
Note: All faculty are affiliated with Catholic University of American unless otherwise noted.