Spring 2021 Donald J. Sutherland Lecture presents Trust in a Polarized Age with Dr. Kevin Vallier

In his lecture, Dr. Kevin Vallier will discuss how Americans today don't trust each other and their institutions as much as they once did. The collapse of social and political trust has arguably fueled our increasingly ferocious ideological conflicts and hardened partisanship. But is today's decline in trust inevitable or avoidable? Are we caught in a downward spiral that must end in institutional decay or even civil war, or can we restore trust through our shared social institutions? Dr. Vallier will offer a powerful counter-narrative to the prevailing sense of hopelessness that dogs the American political landscape, synthesizing political philosophy and empirical trust research, restoring faith in our power to reduce polarization and rebuild social and political trust. 

Dr. Kevin Vallier is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, where he directs the program in Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law. He is the author of three monographs, four edited volumes, and over forty peer-reviewed book chapters and journal articles. His books include Trust in a Polarized Age (2020), Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation (2014) and Must Politics Be War? Restoring Our Trust in the Open Society (2019).

You can read about Kevin Vallier here.

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The Donald J. Sutherland Lecture is named for the former Hofstra trustee who endowed this lecture series.


Co-sponsored by: Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Hofstra Cultural Center


Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Time: 1-2:25 p.m.

Location: Virtual Event


All events are FREE and open to the public, unless otherwise indicated. 
Advance registration is requested.

For more information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.

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In case you missed the live event, please see recording:

Spring 2021 Donald J. Sutherland Lecture presents Trust in a Polarized Age with Dr. Kevin Vallier

Tuesday, March 02, 2021



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