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Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series Brings Science Historian to Kent State

Naomi Oreskes, Ph.D., author of Merchants of Doubt, will visit Kent State University on Thursday, April 7, to speak to students and staff about her co-authored book. Oreskes' lecture will take place in the Kent Student Center Kiva at 7:30 p.m. followed by a book sale and signing on site.

Oreskes, a professor of the history of science at Harvard University, has been a force to be reckoned with on the political issue of climate change. In her book Merchants of Doubt, Oreskes boldly speaks about the ways in which issues like acid rain, climate change, tobacco usage and the destruction of the ozone has been and is being denied by political figures and organizations.

The world-renowned writer's opinion pieces have been published around the world. Such pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The Times (London), and Frankfurter Allgemeine. Oreskes also has received several awards, including the 2011 Watson-Davis Prize from the History of Science Society.

The unapologetic warrior for truth, whose appearance is part of the university’s Guest of Honor University/Artist Lecture Series, has inspired the Kent State Honors College to offer a course this semester relating to Oreskes' historical findings. Taught by Matthew Crawford, assistant professor of history, “The Politics of Science in the 20th Century” is a course that focuses on political denial of scientific findings. Crawford is a former graduate student who studied under Oreskes. The class has studied Merchants of Doubt and eagerly awaits Oreskes' visit.

This event, which is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, the Department of Geology, Phi Beta Kappa and coordinated by the Honors College, is free and open to the public. For questions about the event or for special accommodations for accessibility, please contact the Honors College at 330-672-2312 or

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