FRIDAY FACULTY LUNCH

Fall 2017 Schedule


Sept 1       Nan Crystal Arens (Geoscience) & Emily Fisher (Psychology)

Does What You Do in the Classroom Really Matter? Deconstructing Motivated Reasoning on Climate Change

Abstract: We are swimming in a sea of information. As human beings, we are primed to accept those bits of information that agree with what we already believe to be true. That helps us make sense of a complex and commonly contradictory world. Psychologists call this phenomenon motivated reasoning. Motivated reasoning can be extremely difficult to dislodge, particularly on politicized topics like climate. In our research, we looked at motivated reasoning surrounding climate change and the human role in climate within the context of a full-semester course. We surveyed students in science courses that focused specifically on climate change and compared results to similar science courses that did not specifically focus on climate. We asked students about their knowledge and opinions on climate change and some personality preferences that previous work has associated with the polarity of opinion on anthropogenic climate change. We learned that a semester-long course that includes hands-on work with data breaks down motivated reasoning on climate knowledge. In other words, what you do in the classroom matters.

Sept 8       John D'Agata (TRIAS Writer in Residence)

Flesh: What Plutarch Has to Say about Your Lunch

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Sept 15     Melanie Conroy-Hamilton (English)

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Sept 22     Katherine Walker (Music)

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Sept 29     Yan Hao (Mathematics) and Dan Graham (Psychology)

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Oct 20       Brad Cosentino (Biology)

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Oct 27       Michelle Martin-Baron (Women's Studies)

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Nov 3        Leah Himmelhoch (Classics)

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Nov 10      Darrin Magee (Environmental Studies)

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Nov 17      Laurence Erussard (English)

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Dec 1        Amanda Graham (Media and Society)

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Dec 8        David Slade (Chemistry)

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CONTACT

Yan Hao, hao@hws.edu

Shannon Straub, straub@hws.edu


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