"Who Do You Trust?": Rachel Brummel

Rachel Brummel, Luther College assistant professor of environmental studies, will give a 2016-17 Paideia Texts and Issues lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 1, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus.

Her lecture, "Trust in Commons: On Interdependence and Saving the World," is open to the public with no charge for admission. A reception in the Center for Faith and Life's Qualley Lounge will follow the lecture.

Brummel will explore how, in a world where people's environmental fates are intertwined, building trust among actors in the commons should be the primary project of environmental politics. She will argue that enhancing public trust through building upon people's interdependence—in communities, on the landscape, and in the global commons—is necessary to save the world.

Brummel joined the Luther faculty in 2014 and teaches courses in both the environmental studies program and the political science department. She attended Grinnell College for her undergraduate studies and holds a doctoral degree in conservation biology from the University of Minnesota. Her teaching and research address the governance of trans-boundary environmental problems. She has also researched the politics of environmental problems including wildfire management, aquatic invasive species, rotational grazing dairy systems and pollinator conservation.

This year's Paideia Texts and Issues theme, "Who Do You Trust," was developed by the Paideia Endowment Governing Board, the Religion department and the Visual and Performing Arts department. Drawing from a wide variety of texts from the arts, sciences and humanities, the series attempts to facilitate discussions of personal and institutional trust. Who or what are people predisposed to trust? Is trust a fundamental element of character, community or culture? What are the results of mistrust or betrayal?

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.