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April 2021

Science Speaks Series: Conspiracy Theories and American Democracy

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Americans have always entertained conspiracy theories; they are as much a part of the American way as baseball and apple pie. That Americans believe such theories now is not unusual. What is different today is that people in power routinely and indiscriminately spread these theories, with a specific and very ambitious goal – the goal of destroying our faith in government, science, and any kind of community spirit. They encourage people to reject fact-based evidence in favor of partisan advantage.…

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May 2021

Science Speaks Series: Rethinking Fire: Cultural Burning and the Art of Not Fighting Fire

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

When fire ravages forests, homes and lives, it can be hard to think of it as anything other than terrifying and something to be avoided at all costs. For thousands of years, Native Americans in what is now California and across the West treated and nurtured fire as a tool through the practice of cultural burning. For non-Native people, cultural burns require a mental adjustment — one that views fire as restorative, not destructive. Join Beth Rose Middleton Manning, a professor in…

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