Naomi Oreskes, professor of history and science and affiliated professor of earth and planetary sciences at Harvard University, will be the Harding Lecture speaker, April 4. Oreskes’ speech, titled “The American Denial of Climate Change,” will begin at 7 p.m. in the University Student Union’s Volstorff Ballroom. A book signing will follow the lecture.
The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available on both the east and west side of the union.
Oreskes is the author of “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change,” which laid to rest the idea that there was significant disagreement in the scientific community about the reality of global warming and its human causes. Her other publications include “The Rejection of Continental Drift: Theory and Method in American Earth Science,” “Science Without Laws: Model Systems, Cases, Exemplary Narratives,” “Plate Tectonics: An Insider-s History of the Modern Theory of the Earth,” “Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming” and “The Collapse of Western Civilization: A View from the Future?”
Sponsors for the event include the Harding Distinguished Lecture Series, South Dakota Humanities Council, College of Arts and Sciences, Geospatial Sciences Center of Excellence, Department of English, Department of Natural Resource Management, Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College, and the South Dakota World Affairs Council.
In addition, the SDSU Department of Natural Resource Management will screen Hugh Kenner’s “Merchants of Doubt,” a documentary based on the book by Oreskes and Eric M. Conway, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bailey Rotunda D. Admission is free.