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Impacts of Climate Change Skepticism on Policy to be Discussed by Experts


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Harvard professor and noted science historian Dr. Naomi Oreskes will be on the Ohio University campus for a two-day event to discuss climate change skepticism and how it impacts policymaking and public discourse.

Dr. Oreskes is a professor of the History of Science and an affiliated professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Harvard University. Not only is she world renowned as a science historian but she is an authority on the denial of climate change.

She will lead two days of activities which begin with a showing of the documentary Merchants of Doubt from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 in Stocker 103.

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 8, Dr. Oreskes will deliver her lecture, “Dynamics of Disbelief: Where Do We Go from Here” in Schoonover 145.

It will be followed by a panel discussion with Professors Bernhard Debatin of the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, Austin Babrow of the School of Communication Studies and Alyssa Bernstein, Director of the Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics (IAPE).

There will be a second screening of Merchants of Doubt on Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. in Schoonover 145.

This two-day event is co-sponsored by the IAPE, the Scripps College of Communication, the Departments of Political Science, Geography, and History, the Honors Tutorial College, and the Arts and Sciences Curricular Theme group, “Knowing the Future.”