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Does Free Speech Give Us Better Science?

November 16, 7:00 PM


Prof. Aaron Hanlon

Prof. Christel Kesler

Prof. Dasan Thamattor

Conventional wisdom holds that science flourishes in a free, open society with robust free speech norms. But as misinformation spreads during a global pandemic, costing lives and undermining scientific credibility, is it time to rethink conventional wisdom?

The Goldfarb Center will host an interdisciplinary faculty-led discussion tomorrow night to discuss the nexus between free speech and scientific inquiry and what we can do to protect both. This is part of a series of speakers and events related to free speech, the center's annual theme. All in the Colby community are welcome to join in person at Ostrove auditorium. Dessert and hot drinks will be served. The event will also be live-streamed and recorded.

The conversation, organized by members of the Goldfarb Faculty Advisory Committee, will include Christel Kesler,  Associate Professor of Sociology & Goldfarb Faculty Associate Director, Aaron Hanlon, Associate Professor of English, and Dasan Thamattoor, J. Warren Merrill Professor in Chemistry and Natural History.


November 16
7:00 PM


Online Event


Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
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