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Cafe Scientifique

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You are cordially invited to come and chat with a scientist about an interesting and/or controversial science topic.  Patterned after the International Cafe Scientifique, the Science Department has initiated an outreach program to promote public interest in science.
Our goal is simply to have regularly scheduled sessions for informal discussions of scientific topics.

Schuler Books & Music
Meridian Mall, Okemos
Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:00pm

From Science to Propaganda: the Insidious Bond Between Fossil Fuel Money and Our Energy Economy

Join us with Cody Purchase and Nicholas Jansen of the Sunrise Movement for a discussion regarding how scientific data forms to a consensus and how that influences policy makers. In this dialogue, we will discuss the reasons behind action and inaction regarding the climate crisis along with what tobacco and fossil fuel industry campaigns tell us about how propagandists utilize scientific effort to create misleading messaging. To what extent is this being done now, and what can be done to prevent the corrupting influence of money on policy?

Schuler Books & Music
Meridian Mall, Okemos
Tuesday, November 20, 2018, 7:00pm

Mistaken and Misleading Maps

Join the staff of the MSU Map Library for a talk on map mistakes and how maps can trick us, both in the digital and historical eras. We often take maps for granted, but as the saying goes "the map is not the territory" and no map is made without an agenda or as a perfect replica of reality. Maps may be deliberately misleading or merely erroneous, and we will discuss both of these types of problems in modern and historic sources (such as errors in geocoding and geolocation in modern contexts and the distortion of early cartography). We will also show and discuss some maps that were specifically made to mislead.

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Please join us.  If you have any questions, please contact Alan O'Keefe by phone at (517) 483-1110 or e-mail at

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Phone: (517) 483-1092
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