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Community Connections to tackle 'The Erosion of Public Trust' on Feb. 21

The panel discussion about the erosion of trust in essential institutions such as banks, government, corporations and media will begin at 7 p.m. in McKinnon Hall in the Moseley Center on Elon's main campus.

A recent Gallup poll found that confidence in journalism and organized religion is at a record low, with trust in banks, organized religion, news media, and Congress dropping the most in the past decade. 

Diminished trust in the institutions that serve as a foundation for our society can lead to apathy, low rates of voting, volunteerism, and civic participation.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, Community Connections will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the erosion of the public’s trust and possible ways to rebuild our faith in government, education, corporations, news media via accusations of "fake" news and other essential institutions.

Panelists for the event are: 

  • Freebird McKinney, Alamance-Burlington School System Teacher of the Year 
  • Tanya Rivera, WFMY
  • Allen Johnson, editorial page editor for the Greensboro News & Record  
  • Zach Ambrose, Principal at Ambrose Strategy and former Chief of Staff to Governor Perdue

Join Community Connections at 7 p.m. in McKinnon Hall in the Moseley Center on Elon's main campus. Community Connections forums take on a lively format. They consist in large part of a well-informed panel having an open conversation with audience members.

The goal of Community Connections forums is to create thoughtful dialog with members of the university community as well as those who in live in Alamance County and the surrounding area. Past forums have explored issues surrounding on domestic violence, hunger, downtown revitalization, health care, gun violence and welfare.

Naeemah Clark,
1/29/2018 3:05 PM