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

Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series Presents Dr. Naomi Oreskes

Dr. Naomi Oreskes, co-author of Merchants of Doubt will be coming to Kent State University on Thursday, April 7 to speak to the University community.

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 PostThe Times (London), and Frankfurter Allgemeine. Dr. Oreskes has also received several awards including the 2011 Watson-Davis Prize from the History of Science society.  

The unapologetic warrior for truth has inspired the Kent State Honors College to offer a course this semester relating to Oreskes historical findings. Taught by assistant professor of history, Matthew Crawford, "The Politics of Science in the Twentieth Century" is a course that focuses on political denial of scientific findings. Crawford is a former graduate student who studied under Dr. Oreskes. The class has studied Merchants of Doubt and eagerly awaits Oreskes’ visit.

Dr. Oreskes’ lecture will take place in the Kiva at 7:30 PM followed by a book sale and signing on site.

This event, 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

Photo Credit: Vincent Verdi

Media Contact: Victoria Bocchicchio

POSTED: Friday, March 11, 2016 10:32 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 04:34 PM
Sarah DiGirolamo