Honors College Students Study Political Skepticism of Scientific Findings
Have you ever wondered why society has always seemed to question science every time a new discovery is made? This question has been the focus of an Honors College course called "The Politics of Science in the Twentieth Century," currently being offered this semester.
Students have been studying this seemingly backwards relationship between American politics and science by looking at the social, cultural, political, economic, and scientific factors that cause such skepticism. Students will also be looking at case studies such as climate change and vaccines and seeing how cases like these have shaped American science, culture, and society.
The course is being taught by Matthew Crawford, an assistant professor in the Department of History in the College of Arts & Sciences at Kent State University.
This course will coincide with Dr. Naomi Oreskes’ visit to Kent State University on April 7. Dr. Oreskes, will be speaking about her co-authored book Merchants of Doubt. Students in the course have been reading this book which addresses some of the incidences in which politicians have doubted the existence of certain scientific phenomenons.
Dr. Naomi Oreskes will visit Kent State University in association with the Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series. Students in the course will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Oreskes during her visit.