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Science Cafe: Science, Politics, and Power

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

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. Join John Vandermeer, Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ivette Perfecto, George W. Pack Professor of Ecology, Natural Resources and Environment and graduate student Theresa Ong as they 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.

Co-sponsored by Science for the People

Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current science topics with experts in an informal setting. Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 PM; program 6:00-7:30 PM.