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How to Build Science Engagement in a Disrupted Democracy

January 15, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sustain What? How to Build Science Engagement in a Disrupted Democracy

It’s hard enough for data and expertise to prompt significant changes in behavior or policy even in the best of times. And these are not the best of times by a long shot, with an unabated pandemic and economic stresses deepening a profound societal, and information, divide.

Join a brisk quest for solutions with the Earth Institute’s Andy Revkin and two communication scholars immersed in efforts to stem the pandemic and climate change:

- Dominique Brossard, chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Life Sciences Communication

- Matthew C. Nisbet, professor of communication, public policy, and urban affairs at Northeastern University

Read Nisbet's new Substack column: Wealth of Ideas - Politics, culture, and moderation in an age of extremes:

He also wrote a relevant 2018 report for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Scientists in Civic Life: Facilitating Dialogue-Based Communication:

Brossard is an internationally recognized expert in public opinion dynamics around a host of controversial science-bound issues, from climate policy to emerging genetic technologies and, of course, COVID-19. She is a member of the National Academies' Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN), an array of experts in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences poised to assist decision makers at all levels as they respond to COVID-19.

Sustain What, produced and hosted by veteran journalist Andrew Revkin, is a series of conversations pursuing progress when complexity, conflict and consequence collide:

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