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Galileo's Middle Finger: Why Social Progress Depends on the Protection of Academic Freedom

Join WISCAPE for a discussion with Alice Dreger, author of "Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science."
Date
Friday, March 04, 2016
Time
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location
159 Education Building
Address
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison WI
Description

Dreger coverJoin us for a discussion with Alice Dreger, author of Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science.

Th​e talk will ​explore the ways in which freedom of research is under assault from multiple fronts, including identity politics activism, the corporatization and branding of universities, and social media shaming campaigns.

Dreger, who has ​20 years’ experience both as an intersex patient rights activist and as an academic historian, will use case studies to talk about the dangers researchers face today. She will also speak to how researchers can work individually and collectively to try to protect themselves. She argues they must do so not for their own sake, but for the sake of social progress in our fragile democracy.

This is event is hosted by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) and cosponsored by the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, PROFS, the Department of History ​of Science, and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.

Watch this discussion on the WISCAPE YouTube channel.

Contact
Jason Lee
jason.lee@wisc.edu
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