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The Schemel Forum Course- Trust the Science? A Political History of Science

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Thursday, 30 September, 2021

Trust the Science? A Political History of Science

Why have climate change, vaccinations, the theory of evolution, and even the history and shape of the earth become so controversial in contemporary American society? To understand these developments, this course will begin with an examination of how modern sciences emerged as an attempt to avoid political and religious disagreement by viewing nature with “objectivity”. Next, we will study creationist vs. geological conceptions of Earth’s origins, debates surrounding Darwin’s theory of evolution, and the rise and fall of eugenics practices to get a sense of how political and religious concerns have always played a part in scientific work.

Paul Sampson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, The University of Scranton

Thursdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 14    6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. • Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305; remote link will be emailed

Free to University of Scranton Staff, Students, Faculty and Schemel Forum Members Single Fee Non-Member: $75 • Couple Fee Non-Member: $125 • Remote only: $60


Alicen Morrison

Phone: 5709416206
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Weinberg Memorial Library, Room 305

300 Monroe Avenue
Scranton, PA 18510