Social and political trust has been decreasing in the United States for some time. This has not been the case for many other liberal democracies, where trust levels have risen in recent decades, so what explains the disparity among various countries? Why is Generation Z the least trusting generation on record? 

If you have research interests in questions surrounding this topic, we encourage you to consider this three-part online series on “Trust and the Open Society.” You will have the chance to explore challenges and opportunities facing societies with decreasing public trust – in each other and many of our institutions.

“Trust and the Open Society” consists of three online panels spread over the month of March. (See outline below.) You are welcome to attend only one panel or as many as all three. Panels 2 and 3 will be followed by breakout discussion sessions, where audience members will have the chance to discuss with speakers and fellow participants their own ideas and questions about the topic. One aim of the event is for participants to come away with fresh ideas for academic research or publicly facing work such as op-eds and popular journal articles, so please come ready to discuss your own thoughts at the breakouts.  

Panel 1

“Social Norms and the Open Society: Exploring the Work of Cristina Bicchieri” (March 12, 4-7pm Eastern)
Panelists: Prof. Cristina Bicchieri (University of Pennsylvania), Prof. Kevin Vallier (Bowling Green State University), Prof. Ryan Muldoon (University at Buffalo)
Virtual Reception to follow panel at 6pm  

Panel 2

“The Causes and Consequences of Social and Political Trust” (March 24, 1-4pm Eastern)
Panelists: Prof. Joseph Henrich (Harvard University), Prof. Christian Bjornskov (Aarhus University), Prof. Andreas Bergh (Lund University)
Breakout discussion session to follow panel at 2:45pm 

Panel 3

“Trust, Democracy, and Markets” (March 31, 3:30-6:30pm Eastern)
Panelists: Prof. Helene Landemore (Yale University), Prof. Marc Hetherington (Vanderbilt University), Prof. Bo Rothstein (Gothenburg University)
Breakout discussion session to follow at 5:15pm 


Norms and the Open Society: Exploring the Work of Cristina Bicchieri

*All times are listed in Eastern time

Friday, March 12, 2021

3:45 – 4:00 P.M.

4:00 – 4:15 P.M.

4:15 – 5:45 P.M.

5:45 – 6:00 P.M.

6:00 – 7:00 P.M.

ROOM OPENS 

WELCOME AND PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

PANEL WITH Q&A
Prof. Cristina Bicchieri (University of Pennsylvania)
Prof. Kevin Vallier (Bowling Green State University)
Prof. Ryan Muldoon (University at Buffalo)

BREAK

SOCIAL

The Causes and Consequences of Social and Political Trust

*All times are listed in Eastern time

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

12:45 – 1:00 P.M.

1:00 – 1:15 P.M.

1:15 – 2:30 P.M.

2:30 – 2:45 P.M.

2:45 – 3:40 P.M.

3:40 – 3:45 P.M.

ROOM OPENS 

WELCOME AND PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

PANEL WITH Q&A
Prof. Joseph Henrich (Harvard University)
Prof. Christian Bjornskov (Aarhus University)
Prof. Andreas Bergh (Lund University)

BREAK

BREAKOUT DISCUSSION GROUPS

CLOSING REMARKS

Trust, Democracy, and Markets

*All times are listed in Eastern time

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

3:15 – 3:30 P.M.

3:30 – 3:45 P.M.

3:45 – 5:00 P.M.

5:00 – 5:15 P.M.

5:15 – 6:10 P.M.

6:10 – 6:15 P.M.

ROOM OPENS 

WELCOME AND PROGRAM INTRODUCTION

PANEL WITH Q&A
Prof. Helene Landemore (Yale University)
Prof. Marc Hetherington (Vanderbilt University)
Prof. Bo Rothstein (University of Gothenburg)

BREAK

BREAKOUT DISCUSSION GROUPS

CLOSING REMARKS


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