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Roundtable: Celebrating science in a fractured society, April 12 |

Join a panel of attendees for a conversation about one of the most serious challenges facing humanity – the anti-science movement. The discussion will take place on Tuesday, April 12 from 4-6 p.m. at the Staller Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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Science is one of the most powerful tools we have to tackle the serious challenges that humanity will face in the coming decades. However, the recent global increase in obscurantism, denial and anti-science movements is a matter of grave concern. They have already seriously undermined efforts to combat climate change and the recent global COVID pandemic. Global problems such as these cannot and should not be solved for the privileged few while ignoring the general population. Moreover, we will have to mobilize all the diversity of humanity, in all its forms, to find solutions. What are we doing to bring more of our society into the scientific conversation? How do you create a lifelong appreciation for the sheer joy of “finding things out”? How do we raise awareness that either we are all part of the solution or we face an uncertain future?

The event is sponsored by the Della Pietra family in conjunction with the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics and Stony Brook University.