Hope is especially difficult to maintain in politically contentious times. In her talk on Oct. 9, philosopher of education Sarah Stitzlein will talk about what hope is, why it matters to democracy, and how it can be taught—all topics of her forthcoming book, Learning How to Hope. Her appearance on campus, sponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life and the Lynch School of Education and Human Development, is for the annual Wolfe Lecture on Religion and American Politics. It will be held in Fulton Hall, room 511, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Lynch School Associate Professor Christopher Higgins will serve as respondent. A RSVP is requested. Stitzlein is an award-winning professor of education and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of Cincinnati. Her talk will offer ways to engage in hope that will help to revive democracy during and after the 2020 election. Stitzlein is the author of American Public Education and the Responsibility of Its Citizens: Supporting Democracy in an Age of Accountability and co-editor of the journal Democracy & Education.