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IAH Zoom Talk: Ignorance is Bliss: Covid-19 and the Politics of Knowledge (Sheila Jasanoff)
August 25, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The IAH Welcome Back Lecture, as part of the Zoom Talks series, which features discussions during the COVID-19 crisis, welcomes Professor Sheila Jasanoff of Harvard University. She will present “Ignorance is Bliss: COVID-19 and the Politics of Knowledge.”
Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in her field, she has authored more than 120 articles and chapters and is author or editor of more than 15 books, including The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, Designs on Nature, The Ethics of Invention, and Can Science Make Sense of Life? Her work explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies. She founded and directs the STS Program at Harvard; previously, she was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell. She has held distinguished visiting appointments at leading universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. Jasanoff served on the AAAS Board of Directors and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her honors include the SSRC’s Hirschman prize, the Humboldt Foundation’s Reimar-Lüst award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ehrenkreuz from the Government of Austria, and membership in the Royal Danish Academy. She holds AB, JD, and PhD degrees from Harvard, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Twente and Liège.