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Rebuilding Trust

Thursday, April 14, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A
Catholic University of America
Washington DC

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

  1. Carole Brown (Education) and William D’Antonio (Sociology): “Family as Model of Trust-building for Infants/children”
  2. Stephen J. McKenna (Media and Communications Studies): “Mimetic perspectives on Trust”
  3. 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

  1. Matthew Green (Politics): “Trust in Congress:  Where it Went and How to Get It Back”
  2. Maria Mazzenga (IPR/History) and William D’Antonio (Sociology): “Public Trust and Organized Labor, A Genealogy, ca. 1930-Present”
  3. 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

  1. Enrique Pumar (Sociology): “Trust among Ethnic Groups.  Lesson from Contemporary Migration.”
  2. Maryann Cusimano Love (Politics/Peace Studies): Trust and Catholic Peacebuilding in Ghana”
  3. 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.