Posted on October 22, 2015, BY Matthew Beltz

The Production of Public Understanding of Science (PoPUS) project at Bucknell University will produce two days of on-campus events on Nov. 5-6, highlighted by a screening of the movie Merchants of Doubt on Nov. 5, at 6:30 pm at the Campus Theatre. Both the screening and the evening talk on Nov. 6 are free and open to the public.

Merchants of Doubt is a documentary based on the book of the same title by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. The book documents the efforts of a small number of well-funded skeptics that worked to slow the public's acceptance of the science behind the hazards of smoking, acid rain, ozone depletion and climate change. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring Professor Oreskes, film director Robert Kenner, Professor Michael Mann, and magician and essayist Jamy Ian Swiss, both of which are also featured in the film.

Four other events featuring Oreskes, Mann and Swiss will take place on Nov. 6. See below for the schedule.

PoPUS is a project led by Professors Matthew Slater and Jason Leddington that investigates the nature of public understanding with an eye to facilitating its production, especially in the case of public understanding of science.


Schedule for Friday, Nov. 6

10- 11 a.m.: Profs. Oreskes and Mann host a discussion featuring Q&A in Dana Engineering 113 (Bucknell students, faculty and staff only).

11 a.m.- noon and 1-2 p.m.: Swiss will present a 30-minute talk followed by discussion on misdirection in magic, in the Gallery Theater in the Elaine Langone Center (Bucknell students, faculty and staff only).

Noon: The Teaching & Learning Center will co-sponsor a faculty and staff lunch in the East Reading Room in the Bertrand Library with Prof. Oreskes focusing on her recent work on the trusting relationship between scientists and the public and its implications on pedagogy.

6:30- 7:30 p.m.: Swiss will present a talk and performance entitled "The Dynamics of Deception: How and Why Smart People Get Fooled" in Trout Auditorium (open to public).

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