Public Lecture by Dr. Philip Kitcher – “Can We Sustain Democracy, And The Planet Too?

The Nova Scotian Institute of Science is partnering to present the following lecture.

The Situating Science national Strategic Knowledge Cluster, the Evolution Studies Group and Dalhousie University’s College of Sustainability along with the Atlantic Regional Philosophical Association (ARPA), Nova Scotian Institute of Science (NSIS), Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA), and the Friends of the Halifax Common are pleased to invite you to join us for a free public evening lecture by science and democracy expert, Dr. Philip Kitcher.

CAN WE SUSTAIN DEMOCRACY, AND THE PLANET TOO?
Examining Scientific Expertise in Public Life
Dr. Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
Thursday 3 October 2013 at 7 PM
Ondaatje Hall, McCain Building, Dalhousie University
6135 University Ave., Halifax, NS

RECEPTION TO FOLLOW LECTURE

Poster available at:
http://www.situsci.ca/event/philip-kitcher-can-we-sustain-democracy-and-planet-too

Live streamed at:
WWW.SITUSCI.CA
WWW.CCEPA.CA

In most democratic nations, Dr. Kitcher argues, there is little popular support for the measures that are urgently needed to limit global warming. This raises provocative questions for us as citizens: How do democratic ideals shape the living conditions of our descendants? How should the institutions and procedures that exemplify democratic ideals change? How do we better understand the relationship between expertise and
democracy, climate science and society?

Awards for the 2013 Student Science Writing Competition

The Institute is delighted to announce the names of the winner and students receiving an honourable mention in the 2013 Student Science Writing Competition.

Concerns Related to Bill-C38 and Communication of Science

NSIS has highlighted its concerns regarding environmental aspects of Bill C38 and the media control of federal scientists in a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in June 13, 2012. Copies were sent to Prime Minister Harper, Environment Minister Peter Kent, the Leader of the Opposition, the NDP Critics for Fisheries and Oceans and for the Environment, and Leaders of the Liberal and Green Parties. In January 2013, the NSIS received a letter from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in response to the letter sent to the Prime Minister in 2012.

The NSIS Council responded to the letter from the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on May 3, 2013. On May 29, 2013, the NSIS Council sent another letter to the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans regarding our concerns about environmental aspects of Bill C38 and the media control of federal scientists.

2013 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting, Dinner, and Lecture of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science were held on Monday 6th May 2013 at the Great Hall, University Club, Dalhousie University, Halifax.