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Antidotes to Polarization: Rebuilding Trust in a Liberal Democracy

Virtual June 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm ET Public Event

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We are facing a crisis of trust in one another and our institutions, including higher education. How do we begin to restore that trust? Ben Klutsey, Director of the Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, will share his deep understanding of the role of pluralism and civil discourse in a liberal democracy, and will discuss how these ideals can help foster trust and mutual understanding.

Join us for this insightful discussion on building trust in deeply divided times, a continuation of our conference theme “Renewing Spaces of Knowledge and Trust.” 

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About the Speaker:

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    Ben Klutsey holds dual roles at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. As the Director of Academic Outreach he facilitates outreach to faculty leaders and university centers to foster collaborations and knowledge sharing about building academic programs. Through his role as Director of the Program on Pluralism and Civil Exchange, he works with partner organizations to foster a deeper understanding of pluralism and its role as a core attribute of a liberal society through research and communication; the practice of civil discourse and mutual forbearance; and the development and dissemination of tools for audiences across philosophical divides to model pluralism. He received his MA in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and his BA in Government and Philosophy from Lawrence University.
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