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UCLA Connections | "Looking Ahead: Science, Facts and the Public Debate"

UCLA Connections | "Looking Ahead: Science, Facts and the Public Debate"

Date 
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location 
Virtual via Zoom Los Angeles , CA
California US
Featuring 
Gilbert C. Gee, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Ursula Heise, UCLA Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategiese
Safia U. Nooble, UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry
Chon Noriega, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center

PRESENTED BY UCLA

As a new U.S. presidential administration prepares for the four years ahead, coping with intersecting challenges including a pandemic, persistent inequality, climate change policy and a sea of misinformation, UCLA experts, including Gilbert Gee, FSPH professor of community health sciences, discuss what role institutions of higher learning will play in addressing the crises of our times.
 
How can universities help champion science and evidence in a skeptical society where fact-based professions like journalism and medicine are under attack? When we are often divided into disconnected and conflicting media bubbles, how can universities help inspire people to embrace reliable facts as a means to heal our economy, our planet and our culture?
 
UCLA environmental humanities scholar Ursula K. Heise, public health researcher Gilbert Gee and internet and society expert Safiya U. Noble come together in a discussion moderated by storyteller and curator Chon Noriega.
 
Opening remarks by UCLA Chancellor Gene Block