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Agnotology: The New Science of Creating and Preventing Ignorance

Professor Londa Schiebinger
Professor Robert Proctor
Fri May 5th 2023, 9:00am - 5:00pm
History Room 307

Co-sponsored with the Stanford History Department, space is limited, rsvp to rrogers

9:00 Introduction: Agnotology over the Past Thirty-Odd Years—and New Directions for the Future
Robert N. Proctor, Professor History of Science, Stanford University

10:00 How the Chicago School Reconstructed Adam Smith
Naomi Oreskes, Henry Charles Lea Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University

11:00 The Big Distraction: How the Most Important Fact of Global Warming Has Been Obscured for Forty Years
Benjamin Franta, Senior Research Fellow in Climate Litigation at the Sustainable Law Programme, Oxford University

1:00 Preventing Unwanted Births Can Help Mitigate Climate Change while Enlarging Human Liberties
Londa Schiebinger, John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science, Stanford University

1:45 Et tu, professor? How Big Meat Uses University Experts to Create, Launder, and Legitimize Ignorance
Jennifer Jacquet, Visiting Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Miami; Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, New York University

2:30 Generative AI
Hany Farid, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences, and the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley

3:30 Data Loss: The Politics of Disappearance, Destruction and Dispossession in Digital Societies
Bonde Thylstrup, Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

4:15 Anti-Epistemology: Law Against Knowledge
Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and of Physics, Harvard University

May 6

9:00 Hiram Powers, White Agnotology, and Segregated Art History
Caroline Jones, Professor in the History, Theory, and Criticism section, Department of Architecture, MIT

9:45 “Personal Responsibility” or Public Health?
Robert Lustig, Emeritus Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California, San Francisco

10:45 Degrading the Truth About the Costs and Benefits of Firearms
John Donohue, III, C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law at Stanford Law School; NBER

11:30 On the Other Side of Erasure?
Nadia Abu El-Haj, Ann Whitney Olin Professor, Departments of Anthropology, Barnard College and Columbia University

1:15 Obermajdan and the Internal Agnotology of Atrocity
Daniel Akselrad, Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Communication, Stanford University