Diversity and inclusion are not new ideas for philosopher Helen Longino. She has long argued that scientific progress is dependent upon a plurality of perspectives; that when inquiry is open to many disparate points of view, it’s more open to critical analysis and thus more objective. Longino will elaborate on her theory on March 19 […]
NOTE: Due to the anticipated large turnout, seating for the public will be limited. Doors open at 4:30 PM – seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A book signing will follow his talk. Through his several books on the growth, preparation and consumption of food, Michael Pollan has shown us the way toward food […]
Reacting to the Trump administration’s announcement this summer to detain migrant families together instead of separating parents from their children, Stephen Legomsky, a recognized authority on U.S. and international immigration law, noted that detaining families at the border makes no sense and worse, is inhumane: “Jailing a migrant family together is better than tearing the […]
Robert Sagastume’s journey, from arriving in America as an adolescent on a visa, to becoming undocumented, to receiving rights under the DACA law, and finally, obtaining a green card, illustrates the challenging plight of children caught in America’s immigration morass through no fault of their own. At the age of 12, Sagastume entered the U.S. […]
Nicole Cortes got her first glimpse into the St. Louis Latino community as an undergraduate, and in doing so, discovered that there weren’t many Spanish-speaking lawyers around. Determined to add one more to the mix, Cortes earned not only a law degree from WashU but also a masters degree in social work. She also became […]
Even before the U.S. imposed new restrictions for asylum seekers and refugees, the path to citizenship or legal residency for immigrants has been circuitous at best; there is no “line” to get in legally. Even those who enter our country legally find their future and safety are anything but guaranteed, with the resulting need for […]
Jack Kloppenburg, professor emeritus in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will deliver the Thomas Hall Lecture in the History of Science.
The second entry on climate change features Christian Parenti, whose focus is on the geopolitical fallout from ignoring the signs and consequences of the climate crisis.
The Compton/Ferguson lecture series, established decades ago with endowed funds to support programs covering topics in science, has ended its hiatus and is reappearing this fall under the title, Science Matters.
On January 18, 2017, NPR reported that last year is the hottest on record. Perhaps more alarming is the news that 2016 is the third consecutive year to break this record. To translate what this means to global climate change, and how that affects the world’s population, David Easterling, chief scientist at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, will give us “A Scientific View of Climate Change” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 28.