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Science Café: Science, Politics, and Power

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
12:00 AM
Conor O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub, 318 Main St., Ann Arbor

Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current science topics in an informal setting.

Can research be objective? Should scientists be political? Researchers are embedded in a system of funding dependent on politics and power, and the relationships can be complex. These speakers give us some tools for analysis of these relationships. We will discuss the history and reemergence of scientists as advocates and activists, including reflections on more subtle aspects, from funding sources to “actively naive” assumptions about sociopolitical structures.

Sponsored by the U-M Museum of Natural History and Science for the People. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m., program 6 -7:30 p.m.

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Professors John Vandermeer, Ivette Perfecto and grad student Theresa Ong