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Public Lecture Featuring Former New York Times Science Editor

Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin
The Providence Athenaeum
Providence, RI
November 3, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


Dean brown u. photo copy 3Metcalf Institute and the Providence Athenaeum will present a public lecture featuring Cornelia Dean, former New York Times Science Editor and Metcalf Advisory Board member, in a conversation about Dean’s recent book, Making Sense of Science: Separating Substance from Spin.

The book seeks to equip non-scientists with a set of critical tools to evaluate the scientific claims and controversies that shape our lives. Calling attention to the importance of narrative in telling compelling stories about science, Dean explores the price society pays when political agendas mix with ideologies in a world where “researchers gather data; politicians, business executives, or activists spin it; journalists misinterpret or hype it, and the rest of us don’t get it.” Timely and provocative, she warns us all, now more than ever, that we can no longer afford our collective scientific ignorance if we are to invest in our future.

The conversation will be moderated by Sunshine Menezes, Metcalf Institute executive director. A book signing will follow and registration is required.

The program is part of Metcalf Institute’s anniversary series celebrating 20 years of bringing science to the conversation!

About the Providence Athenaeum
The Providence Athenæum is an independent, member-supported library and cultural center located on Providence’s historic Benefit Street. Over its nearly 200 years of existence, the library has welcomed illustrious writers, spirited thinkers, and energetic community members through its doors to engage in reading, conversation, and debate. At its heart, the Athenæum encourages a love of reading and learning to all.

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