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The Mechanics of Skepticism: What Climate Change can Teach Us About Belief and Reason

Ashton Speaker Series, Spring 2019

Wednesday, March 20th
Willard Room, Zimmerman Library

9:30 - 10:00 AM: refreshments
10:00 - 11:00 AM: lecture

To some, climate change is a simple scientific question to be answered with data while to others climate change is a misguided hoax that could cost our country jobs and hurt out economy. The decisions we make around climate change can help us understand the mechanics of skepticism and reason. This talk will seek to recognize the interconnections between the affective and cognitive aspects of decision-making. It will consider how educators can better reveal the personal nature of information to our students.

 

Speaker biography

Picture of Troy Swanson holding a microphoneTroy Swanson is Library Department Chair at Moraine Valley Community College where he teaches information literacy and coordinates the library's online presence. He has published on social media, website usability, and information literacy. Troy co-edited the book  Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think About Information which received the Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award from ARCL’s Instruction Section. In 2017 & 2018, Troy guest hosted a series of interviews on fake news for the Circulating Ideas podcast. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on the management of Web 2.0 in higher education. He served on ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force which drafted the Framework for Information Literacy.

Date:
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Time:
10:00am - 11:00am
Location:
Willard Room
Campus:
Zimmerman Library

Event Organizer

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Lori Townsend

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