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Spring Colloquium


2017-2018 Spring Colloquium

Science, Values, and the Public

February 9-10, 2018

Speakers include: Heather Douglas, Dan Kahan, Elisabeth Lloyd, and Quayshawn Spencer

Coordinated by Mercy Corredor and Eduardo Martinez

Friday, February 9th

1:00pm · Opening remarks

1:30pm · Heather Douglas - "Scientific Experts and the Public: How to Build Trust in a Complex World"

4:00pm · Dan Kahan - "Science Comprehension Without Curiosity is No Virtue, and Curiosity Without Comprehension is No Vice"

Saturday, February 10th

9:30am · Opening Remarks

10:00am · Elisabeth Lloyd - "Climate Change Attribution: When is it Appropriate to Accept New Methods"

1:30pm · Quayshawn Spencer - "A Race Theory for Medical Genetics"


The Department's graduate students organize an annual Spring Colloquium, featuring three speakers on a single topic or theme. Graduate students comment on each talk. The Department has hosted more than twenty Spring Colloquia since the first weekend program in 1990. 

The Spring Colloquium is funded by the James B. and Grace J. Nelson Endowment for the Teaching of Philosophy.