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07: Trust in America: Understanding the cultures and society of the United States

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Trust is an essential component of American culture, in terms of ideological promises, governmental systems, consumer culture, and international relations. Yet in some ways the recent history of the United States – from bank failures to dubiously declared wars – has brought about a crisis of trust, both within the United States and in U.S. global relations. Understanding the culture of the United States at the present time requires us to look at several interrelated areas of American culture and at the history of trust in American society. Using a variety of materials (literature, visual materials, film, documents and speeches), this seminar will explore trust in terms of the following broad areas and agencies:
– The promise of America: Does the U.S. still offer its citizens and immigrants a vision of the American Dream?
– Trusting the government: Can individual rights be balanced against state power?
– Trusting self and trusting others: Is the culture of individualism still alive? How strong is collectivism?
– Trusting the corporation: What are the responsibilities of businesses? To whom are they responsible?
– Trusting the media: Given an absolute dependence on information, can Americans believe what they see and hear?
– Trusting science and trusting religion: In the face of our technological challenges, how do science and religion compete for authority in the U.S.?

Professor and Chair of American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Languages and Literatures, University of Regensburg
Professor of English and American Studies, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia

Dr.phil.habil. Udo HEBEL

Professor and Chair of American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Languages and Literatures, University of Regensburg

1. und 2. Staatsexamen Englisch / Deutsch, Universität Mainz University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA Wissenschaftlicher Assistent, Universität Mainz Promotion Dr. phil., Universität Mainz Gastwissenschaftler Harvard University, USA Habilitation (venia: Amerikanistik), Universität Mainz Professor für Amerikanische Literatur und Kultur, Universität Potsdam Professor für Nordamerikanische Literatur, Universität Freiburg Lehrstuhl für Amerikanistik, Universität Regensburg. Abgelehnte Rufe: Lehrstühle in Kassel, Mainz, Freiburg Dekan der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universiät Regensburg
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Ph.D. Miles ORVELL

Professor of English and American Studies, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia

B.A., Columbia University Ph.D., Harvard University Professor of English and American Studies, Temple University, Philadelphia Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania Fulbright Professor of American Studies, University of Copenhagen Director of American Studies, Temple University Director of American Studies, Temple University Editor in Chief, Encyclopedia of American Studies Online
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 Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001)

Seminar Week

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20.08.2009

15:00 - 15:30 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2009 Plenary
15:30 - 17:00 Opening speeches Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 Presentation of the seminars Plenary

20.08.-26.08.2009

Seminar 09: The future of the internet Seminar
Seminar 05: Vertrauen im Recht Seminar
Seminar 08: The United Nations: International trust and global governance Seminar
Seminar 07: Trust in America: Understanding the cultures and society of the United States Seminar
Seminar 04: Confidence-building in the context of security and ethnic conflicts Seminar
Seminar 11: Trust in science Seminar
Seminar 03: Global contracts, economic crisis and rebuilding trust Seminar
Seminar 01: Vertrauensbildung in der Kommunikation – Kontrolle ist gut, Vertrauen ist besser! Seminar
Seminar 13: Trust and confidence in medicine Seminar
Seminar 14: Kunstmarkt und Vertrauen Seminar
Seminar 10: Historical aspects of trust and confidence in societies Seminar
Seminar 06: Political trust and the role of religion Seminar
Seminar 12: Building trust: Development cooperation Seminar
Seminar 02: The biological foundations of trust and social decision-making Seminar

21.08.2009

15:30 - 17:30 Plenary session “1989-2009: From revolution to normality. Challenges of city politics in Central Europe” Plenary

22.08.2009

15:30 - 17:30 Plenary session: “Integrated risk policies for global systems at risk” Plenary

24.08.2009

17:00 - 19:00 Plenary session “Public media in the digital age – Whom do you trust?” Plenary

25.08.2009

15:30 - 17:00 Plenary session “Ethics and science” Plenary