Ethan Zuckerman and Linda Chavez: American Institutions: Love Them or Leave Them?

Thursday, September 2, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Linda Chavez

Americans have lost faith not only in their governments but in business, healthcare, and the press. The dominant theme of civic life today is mistrust in our nation’s institutions, something increasingly felt on both sides of the aisle. When neither elections nor protests feel like paths to change, how can we best encourage participation in public life? As political polarization continues to permeate public discourse, Americans of all creeds must engage in good-faith efforts to address these societal ills.

In his new book,Mistrust: Why Losing Faith in Institutions Provides the Tools to Transform Them , Ethan Zuckerman, professor of public policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, provides a guidebook for those looking for new ways to participate in civic life. Linda Chavez, a senior fellow at the Niskanen Center and chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, joins Zuckerman on stage to discuss dealing with mistrust in our institutions and finding new paths forward.


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Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium

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