Apply Now for "Perspectives on Trust," Taught by Pete Buttigieg

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Trust is the basis of our economy, our democracy, our most intimate relationships, and our capacity to engage in any form of complex planning. It is surprising, then, that there is no consensus definition of what it is for two parties to trust one another. Instead, there are many methodologies for studying trust that bring together perspectives from the humanities and social sciences.

"Perspectives on Trust" (English 20105), taught by former South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, examines the role of trust as a foundational and sometimes overlooked building block of society. Students will learn to identify the role that implicit trust plays in underwriting many basic social functions, engage with guests contributing to an interdisciplinary perspective, and discuss the implications of each disciplinary lens for the importance of building trust for the future.

This one-credit class is open to Notre Dame undergraduates and will meet for seven sessions on Tuesday mornings from 8:00-10:00 a.m. (schedule TBD). Enrollment is by application only. To apply, please complete the form below by Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

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