Dempsey Lecture 2017

“Climate Change: What Now?”

Dr. Naomi Oreskes

Scholar, Author

Friday, March 10, 7:30 p.m., free admission
Hudson Hall, Willamette University

Join Harvard professor Naomi Oreskes for “Climate Change: What Now?” — a Dempsey Lecture Series discussion about industry-driven efforts to undermine scientific research that threatens profits. From the long-denied connection between smoking and lung cancer to the latest target – the science behind climate change – learn more about how a few industry-funded researchers delegitimize scientific consensus by using the trappings of science to mislead policy makers and the public.

About the speaker

Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences. She recently arrived at Harvard after spending 15 years as Professor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Professor Oreskes’s research focuses on the earth and environmental sciences, with a particular interest in understanding scientific consensus and dissent.

Her 2004 essay “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change” (Science 306: 1686) has been widely cited, both in the United States and abroad, including in the Royal Society’s publication, “A Guide to Facts and Fictions about Climate Change," in the Academy-award winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, and in Ian McEwan’s novel, Solar. Her opinion pieces have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Times (London), Nature, Science, The New Statesman, Frankfurter Allgemeine and elsewhere. Her 2010 book, Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global warming, co-authored with Erik M. Conway, was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Time Book Prize, and received the 2011 Watson-Davis Prize from the History of Science Society.


This event is sponsored by the Dempsey Foundation, the Luce Scholars Program and Willamette University's Department of Environmental and Earth Sciences.

For more information, contact Joe Bowersox at 503-370-6220.