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Evidence, Ideology, and Orthodoxy:
Science in the university and the public sphere

Sponsored by Arizona State University and University of Cambridge

February 6-8, 2014, at Tempe, Arizona.

The increasing polarization of high stakes political debates on one hand, and a persistent sense of alienation from established political institutions by publics in many affluent democracies on the other, create a particularly urgent need for venues where controversial issues can be openly aired and explored without being held hostage to broader political agendas and vested interests.  Can universities meet this need? When universities are the sites of debate about socially contested issues, what happens to the norms and standards of scientific and other scholarly evidence?  What roles do and should academic experts, and expertise play in such debates?

Co-sponsored by:

Center for Law, Science & Innovation
at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Mayo Clinic in Arizona

Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at ASU

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge


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