Humanities Institute

Controversy & Conversation Film Screening: "Merchants of Doubt"

Thu, August 1, 2019 | Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1105 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Merchants of Doubt Movie Poster
Merchants of Doubt Movie Poster

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt (2014) takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Watch the trailer.

Professor Kerry CookThe screening will begin at 6:30PM, to be followed by brief remarks by Professor Kerry Cook (UT's Jackson School of Geosciences). Dr. Cook came to The University of Texas at Austin in August, 2008. She began her career at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab at Princeton University, followed by 18 years as a professor at Cornell University, where she taught courses in Climate Dynamics, Atmospheric Dynamics, and Atmospheric Physics and was a founder of the Science of Earth Systems major.  At UT she teaches undergraduate (Global Warming) and graduate (Atmospheric and Ocean Dynamics) courses in the Department of Geological Sciences.

Dr. Cook’s research centers on predicting and understanding climate change and climate variability around the world and at home in Texas. She and her group use numerical models of the climate system along with observational analysis to improve our basic understanding and to project climate change on the regional scales needed for planning and adaptation to climate change.

Dr. Cook is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and chairs their Committee on Climate Variability and Change.  She has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and is an associate editor of the Journal of Climate.  In 2013, Dr. Cook published Climate Dynamics, a text for undergraduate students. She speaks frequently on the science of climate change, combining background information and the presentation of up-to-date observations with ample opportunity for questions and discussion of the ongoing global warming.

Controversy & Conversation is a collaboration between the Humanities Institute's Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library. Light refreshments will be provided.

Visit the HI website for the full list of Controversy & Conversation films for Summer / Fall 2019 season. 


Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute and the Austin Public Library

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