The presentations below are from an Academy Stated Meeting held in collaboration with the Chicago Humanities Conference.

By most measures, Americans no longer trust the representative institutions that bind our nation's civil society. Media segmentation and sensationalism have eroded the public discourse and wrought profound changes in the way Americans receive information about politics, international affairs, scientific discoveries, and public opinion. In this program, former Republican congressman Mickey Edwards, federal judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals, and University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone will discuss the growing concern about the decline of public confidence in government and the media and seek a way forward.