College of Sciences Calendar
Crossroads Series: Michael Specter
Register now for the next event in the college’s Crossroads Series. In his talk, “The Cost of Living in a World of Lies,” The New Yorker‘s Michael Specter will discuss opposition in the United States to the idea that data drives progress, demonstrated in public debates over vaccines, GMOs and climate change. Among the questions he will pose: Can science flourish if facts are treated no differently than lies? Is an era of stunning technical achievement dissolving into a new Dark Age?
Specter is an award-winning journalist and author who has worked for The New Yorker since 1998. He frequently focuses on topics related to science, technology and public health, including disease in the developing world, agricultural biotechnology, avian influenza, synthetic biology and the world’s diminishing freshwater resources. His most recent book, Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet and Threatens Our Lives, was published in 2009.
About the Series
The Crossroads Series is where science meets the human experience. The College of Sciences is bringing together big thinkers from across disciplines for events that tackle issues at the intersection of science and society.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.