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Climate Denial Isn't About Science: Like Fake News It's A Symptom, Not A Cause

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (Expired)
Anspach Hall, 256
Anspach Hall
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858 (989) 774-1094
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Contact: Birttany Fremion
Phone: (989) 774-1094

For all those whose boats were floated - and for many more who aspired to rise - during the post-war period from 1945 to 1985, free inquiry, free elections and free markets were each understood as positive forces and each was seen as checking and balancing the negative tendencies of the others. Science wars, culture wars, and comments pages are manifestations of a perfectly reasonable loss of faith in the social foundations of those individual freedoms. Without a shared effort to re-establish trust in scientific experts, political representatives and economic elites, explaining science and facts to denialists and those committed to fake news will get us nowhere.

Alan Rudy is an associate professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work at Central Michigan University. His research interests include the areas of hybrid environmental social theory, the overlapping politics of nature, labor and community and regional agricultural studies. Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Critical Engagements initiative, which brings together students and faculty from across campus to consider pressing issues and challenging topics such as this year's theme, Fake News. For more information, contact Christi Brookes at 989-774-3341 or