Join us for NC State’s History Weekend, when Harvard professor Naomi Oreskes will address the history of climate change, as well as climate skepticism in her keynote address, Climate Science: Whom Do You Trust? A Historian’s Perspective.
“NC State’s Department of History plays a critical role in the discussion of climate change,” says David Zonderman, interim head of the Department of History. “We need to understand our past — including analyzing the historical context of these debates over science and public policy — in order to make good decisions for our future.”
Zonderman says Oreskes is “a leading authority on how the study of history can help us understand what is at stake — politically and economically — in the public debate over climate science and climate change.”
Her interests include earth and environmental sciences, with a focus on understanding scientific consensus and dissent. Her most recent works include The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future (2014) and Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming (2010), both co-authored with Erik M. Conway.
Oreskes will speak on Saturday, April 18, at 10 a.m. at Withers Hall, on NC State’s north campus. The three-day weekend of events related to Oreskes’ presentation begins with an April 16 showing of the film Disruption, a documentary on climate change. (Withers Hall 140, 7:00 p.m.)
Oreskes’ visit and the film are co-sponsored by the NC State Department of History, the Southeast Climate Science Center and the NC State Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.