URock RaP Colloquia Series Kicks Off With a Look at Science Denial

Photo by: URock Phil Gerard, biologist and member of URock's science faculty will present a noontime RaP Colloquia session.

The URock Rap Colloquia Series will kick off this term with a presentation from noon to 1:00PM on Thursday, January 31 entitled, "Science Denial, A Threatening Social Phenomenon".

Recent years have seen an increase in an anti-science mentality, in some cases a full-fledged rejection of science as one of the ways of knowing about the world. This rejection crosses classes and social strata on issues ranging from public health (childhood vaccination, nutrition, health care), to educational policy (intelligent design), to critical environmental issues (climate change, species loss).

Drawing on more than two decades of experience as an educator and conservation biologist, University College at Rockland Adjunct Professor Philip Gerard will share his understanding of and perspective on the roots of this change.  Professor Gerard's presentation is relevant to any members of the community impacted by science and its applications in society.

The public is invited to attend.  For more information contact University College at Rockland at 596-6906. They are located on the 4th floor of the Rockland Breakwater building.

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