How to talk about controversial issues: Lessons Learned from Evolution, Climate, Change, and Fracking


Wednesday January 18, 7pm

By Don Duggan-Haas, Director of Teacher Programming, The Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth & Cayuga Nature Center

The Paleontological Research Institution’s Don Duggan-Haas has years of experience in teaching about controversial issues. This includes evolution, climate change, and, more recently, about hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a., “fracking”) and energy more broadly. While the issues differ, they share certain common characteristics – they are all interdisciplinary in nature; complex; play out across multiple scales of time and/or space; and are made difficult to understand by cognitive biases. Understanding these commonalities can help you to engage in more productive discussions.

An illustrated presentation in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office Building, 3556 Lake Shore Rd. Blasdell, NY. $5/person, Penn Dixie Members: FREE.

No preregistrations required.