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Harvard professor to present ‘Why Trust Science?’ at KU next week

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Why trust science? This is the question Naomi Oreskes aims to answer during one of two presentations at the University of Kansas next week.

Oreskes is a Harvard professor, world-renowned geologist, historian, public speaker and co-author of “Merchants of Doubt,” according to a news release from KU. She will present “Why Trust Science?” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 at The Commons, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd. Anyone interested in attending virtually can register for the webinar at this link.

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Oreskes — also a “leading voice on the role of science in society” and climate change from human activity — is offering an additional presentation at 2 p.m. on the same day. “From Merchants of Doubt to the Big Myth: How a Historian of Science Became a Historian of Disinformation and Propaganda” is part of Coffee @ The Commons events, which begin with a short introduction to the topic and are followed by discussion.

Oreskes’ latest book, “Science on a Mission: American Oceanography from the Cold War to Climate Change,” discusses scientific research and its relationship with funding. It argues that it is critical for anyone who is consuming information to understand where the funding came from. Oreskes has also written or co-written multiple other books, including her 2023 release with Erik Conway, “The Big Myth: How American Business Taught Us to Loathe Government and Love the Free Market.”

Oreskes will give the lecture at KU as part of a tour of universities in Kansas throughout the week. She will also visit Kansas State University and Fort Hays State University on April 6 and 7.

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