2019-20 Panels and Participants
March 18, 2020
Does evidence make something true? Is evidence even a necessary component of truth? The way we talk about what is real and what is true depends on perspective and context. The way we are trained to think and write can change what we think is true. This conversation pairs humanities and science faculty in a debate about the relationship between facts, truth and reality, and how evidence differs widely in different disciplines.
- Elizabeth Ferry, Professor of Anthropology
November 5, 2019
Experts were aware of the destructive consequences of human-caused climate change long before the general public was — or accepted this as fact. Even as the public has gradually come to acknowledge the effects of climate change, action to prevent large-scale loss of life and livelihoods has barely begun. How does such a collision of human knowledge and inaction arise? What individual and societal changes are necessary to reduce the impending disaster?
- Paul Miller, Associate Professor of Biology
- Sabine von Mering, Professor of German and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Director of the Center for German and European Studies
- Charles Chester, Lecturer in Environmental Studies
October 23, 2019
Is truth personal? Or cultural? What happens when your truth collides with someone else's? Is there empirical evidence for truth? Psychology faculty discuss individual and cultural perspectives on “truth,” and how current theoretical foundations in psychology define it.
- Angela Gutchess, Associate Professor of Psychology
- Jennifer Gutsell, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Hannah Snyder, Assistant Professor of Psychology
- Teresa Mitchell, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
October 3, 2019
How does who we are affect what we see in the world? How does our identity (as male, female, person of color, LGBTQ, etc.) shape our view of the truth? In this conversation, professors Harleen Singh and Chad Williams discussed how studies in literature, gender and race have reshaped the academy and how their own experiences inform the way they think and talk about the world.
- Harleen Singh, Associate Professor of Literature and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Chad Williams, Samuel J. and Augusta Spector Chair in History and African and African American Studies
- Joel Christensen ’01, Associate Professor of Classical Studies