Friday, May 8, 2009

[Yasmin_discussions] on two three or more cultures


here is the two cultures conference JD talasek was refering to


The Two Cultures in the 21st Century
Keynote Speakers: Edward O. Wilson, The Honorable John Porter, Dean Kamen

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A full-day symposium sponsored by: Science & the City,
ScienceDebate2008, Science Communication Consortium

At the 50th anniversary of C.P. Snow's famous Rede Lecture on the
importance to society of building a bridge between the sciences and
humanities, this day-long symposium brings together leading scholars,
scientists, politicians, authors, and representatives of the media to
explore the persistence of the Two Cultures gap and how it can be
overcome. More than 20 speakers will cover topics including science in
politics, education, film and media, and science citizenship.

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scroll to the bottom of the schedule.

Symposium Schedule

8:00 Sign in & Continental Breakfast

9:00 Welcome & Morning Keynote

E.O. Wilson, Harvard University
Biologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, and author of
Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, discusses his classic treatise on
bringing the sciences and humanities together.

10:30 Cultural History
The Two Cultures in Historical Perspective, from Aristotle to "Science
Wars" and the "Third Culture"
In this session, noted scholars and writers examine the intellectual
trends that have carried us to the present moment. Beginning with a
survey of academic and disciplinary divides up to and through the
scientific revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries, it includes an
introduction to the historical milieu in which C.P. Snow wrote and
spoke, and what motivated him to do so.

D. Graham Burnett, Professor of History, Princeton University

Ann Blair, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, Harvard University
Lawrence Krauss, Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space
Exploration, Arizona State University
Kenneth Miller, Professor of Biology, Brown University
Guy Ortolano, Assistant Professor of History, University of Virginia
and author of The Two Cultures Controversy: Science, Literature and
Cultural Politics in Postwar Britain

11:30 Science Communication 101
How to More Effectively Communicate Science Issues to the Public
The "two cultures" divide has often been understood as a rift between
science and the humanities. But in truth, C.P. Snow's interest was to
bring an appreciation of science into politics, policymaking, and
international affairs. Read today, Snow's lecture points not to one
rift—between science and the literary sphere—but rather to many. What
role can the media play in amending these miscommunications?

Corey Powell, Editor-in-Chief, Discover

Paula Apsell, Executive Producer of NOVA and Director of WGBH Science Unit
Ira Flatow, Executive Producer & Host, NPR's Science Friday
Andrew Revkin, Environment Reporter, The New York Times
Carl Zimmer, Author and Science Essayist

12:45 Lunch & Luncheon Keynote

John Porter
The Honorable John Edward Porter is chair of Research!America's board
of directors and a partner in Hogan & Hartson's Washington, DC, law
office. Previously, he served 21 years as a congressman from the 10th
district in Illinois. In Congress he was chair of the Appropriations
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education;
vice-chair of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations; and vice-chair
of the Subcommittee on Military Construction.

2:00 Political Science
Restoring Science to Its Rightful Place in Politics

Chris Mooney, Co-author, Unscientific America: How Scientific
Illiteracy Threatens Our Future

Darlene Cavalier, Founder,
Matthew Chapman, Matthew Chapman, Darwin descendant, filmmaker,
author, founder Science Debate 2008
Francesca Grifo, Senior Scientist and Director, Scientific Integrity
Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Shawn Otto,Co-founder and CEO, Science Debate 2008
John Porter, Chair of Research!America's board of directors and
Partner in Hogan & Hartson's Washington, DC, law office

3:00 Education & Citizenship

A Better Future through Science Citizenship
When it came to addressing the divide between the "two cultures," C.P.
Snow was unequivocal: The only ultimate solution, he said, lies in
education. How does that lesson hold up today? This panel examines the
scientific education of our next generation of citizens.

Sheril Kirshenbaum, Co-author, Unscientific America: How Scientific
Illiteracy Threatens Our Future

Stacy Baker, Biology Teacher, Calverton School
Kevin Finneran, Editor-in-Chief, Issues in Science and Technology, the
policy journal of the National Academy of Sciences
Adrienne Klein, Co-Director, Science & the Arts, The Graduate Center
of The City University of New York
Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology, Duke University

4:30 Concluding Keynote

Dean Kamen, Founder, DEKA

Dean Kamen, famed for inventing the Segway, is an entrepreneur and
inventor of numerous technologies designed to improve lives. He was
awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Clinton, and he
is the founder of FIRST, an organization dedicated to motivating the
next generation of leaders to understand, use, and enjoy science and

5:15 Closing Reception

Organizing Committee
Chris Mooney, Author, The Republican War on Science, and co-author,
Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future
Sheril Kirshenbaum, Co-author, Unscientific America: How Scientific
Illiteracy Threatens Our Future
Matthew Chapman, Screenwriter, Runaway Jury, and great-great grandson
of Charles Darwin
Shawn Otto, Co-founder and CEO, Science Debate 2008
Kate Seip, Sciences Communications Consortium
Adrienne Burke, Executive Editor, New York Academy of Sciences

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