Australian tour by Naomi Oreskes – author of Merchants of Doubt

Merchants of Doubt A Series of Free Public Lectures on the History of Climate Science by Naomi Oreskes Professor of History & Science Studies, University of California, San Diego.

In these lectures, Naomi discusses her latest book Merchants of Doubt: How a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming (co-authored with Erik M. Conway, 2010, Allen & Unwin, Aust. publishers). Naomi rolls back the rug on a dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how ideology and corporate interests, aided by a too-compliant media, have skewed public understanding of the some of the most pressing issues of our time, including climate change.

Sydney When: Monday, 15 November, 6.00 – 8.00pm. Where: University of New South Wales, Law Theatre (Law Building) RSVP: No booking required. Presented by: Climate Change Research Centre and Faculty of Arts & Social Science (Prof. Oreskes will be introduced by Robyn Williams, Presenter of the ABC’s The Science Show.)

Brisbane When: Tuesday, 16 November, 5.30 – 6.30pm. Where: University of Queensland, Abel Smith Lecture Theatre, St Lucia. RSVP: http://gci.uq.edu.au/naomi-oreskes Presented by: The Global Change Institute. (Prof. Oreskes will be introduced by Prof. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Director of the Global Change Institute. Merchants of Doubt will be available for purchase.)

Melbourne When: Wednesday, 17 November, 5.45 – 7.00pm. Where: Experimedia, The State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne. RSVP: No booking required. Presented by: The Monash Sustainability Institute & The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. (Prof. Oreskes will be introduced by Prof. David Karoly, MSSI, with Q&A moderated by Prof. Dave Griggs, MSI. Merchants of Doubt will be available for purchase before the lecture, with signing and sales afterwards.)

Adelaide When: Thursday, 18 November, 6.00 – 7.30pm. Where: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide. RSVP: http://www.riaus.org.au/events/2010/11/18/merchants_of_doubt.jsp Presented by: RIAus

Perth When: Monday, 22 November, 6.00pm. Where: University of Western Australia, Social Sciences Lecture Theatre (parking at P3 off Hackett Entrance) RSVP: No booking required. Presented by: The Institute of Advanced Studies. (Merchants of Doubt will be available for purchase from 5.30pm with the author signing afterwards.)

For more information, including local media contacts, please contact Corey Watts, The Climate Institute, 0466 182 728.

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