Naomi Oreskes

The MFA in Collaborative Design welcomes Naomi Oreskes as part of the 2013-2014 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series to deliver a lecture entitled, “Climate Change: Certainty and Uncertainty in Science.”

Naomi Oreskes is one of the world’s leading historians of science, focusing on consensus and dissent in science. In her recent co-authored book Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, Oreskes tells an important story about the misuse of science to mislead the public for political and commercial gain. She will explore the recent history of uncertainty cast on the climate change debate, and how it affects present day and future planning scenarios. Oreskes will be joined by a panel of regional climate experts for a post-talk discussion about what it means for the future of the Pacific Northwest.

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Naomi Oreskes