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Democracy and the Science Communication Environment

This lecture will be held on the Davie campus of Florida Atlantic University in the Davie West (DW) building room 103 .

Friday, April 8th, 2016 at 4:00pm - Dan Kahan

Flyer Dan Kahan There are two climate changes in America: the one people “believe” or “disbelieve” in in order to express their cultural identities; and the one they acquire and use scientific knowledge about in order to make decisions of consequence, individual and collective. The talk will present various forms of empirical evidence—including standardized science literacy tests, lab experiments, and real-world field studies in Southeast Florida—to support the “two climate changes” thesis. It will also examine what this position implies about the forms of deliberative engagement necessary to rid the science communication environment of the toxic effects of the first climate change and to make it habitable for enlightened democratic engagement with the second.


About the Speaker

KahanDan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. He is a member of the Cultural Cognition Project, an interdisciplinary team of scholars who use empirical methods to examine the impact of group values on perceptions of risk and science communication. In studies funded by the National Science Foundation, Professor Kahan and his collaborators have investigated public conflict over climate change, public reactions to emerging technologies, and public understandings of scientific consensus across disputed issues. Articles featuring the Project’s studies have appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed scholarly journals including the Journal of Risk Research, Judgment and Decision Making, Nature Climate Change, Science, and Nature. The Project is currently engaged in a field research that test evidence-based strategies for promoting public engagement with climate science in Southeast Florida.

Directions and Parking

Directions to the Davie Campus: Directions to the Davie Campus: From I‐95 North/South, take I‐595 west to Davie Road. At Davie Road make a left and go South to Nova Drive (2nd light). Turn right on Nova Drive and go West to College Avenue (1st light). At College Avenue make a left and the entrance to FAU will be your first left.


  • Non-FAU participants can park in the parking lot across the street from Davie West in any white or yellow space (not in red or reserved spaces). All vehicles must have an FAU parking pass. If you RSVP prior to the event, this pass will be emailed to you. If you don’t RSVP, we will provide you with a pass at the event in DW 103.
  • FAU Students can park in the parking lot across the street from Davie West in any white or yellow space (not in red or reserved spaces).
  • FAU faculty and staff with current FAU parking hang tag can park in the Davie West parking lot (behind the building), west of the building or in red spaces across the street.


If you park across the street please use the cross walk in front of Davie West.

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