Big Questions 2021 in Chicago

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: Pritzker Military Museum & Library

104 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

How do we create trust when our solutions create problems?

The pandemic, and the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, has highlighted the central importance of science and research in our society like never before. Yet we’ve also seen that science alone doesn’t have all the answers. The safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine hasn’t been enough to persuade people to take it. Other examples remind us that scientific advances do not necessarily result in beneficial outcomes, such as environmental contamination from plastic substances. The past few years have forced us to reckon with the ethics and politics around science. How can we increase trust in scientific advances that address societal problems? How can we help new technologies from creating new problems?

Join Dr. Dennis Cao and Dr. Leah Witus, assistant professors of chemistry, in conversation with President Suzanne Rivera.

This event will be hosted in-person and also live-streamed via zoom webinar

Thursday, December 9, 2021
Pritzker Military Museum & Library

104 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
6:30 - 7:00 PM Cocktail Reception 
7:00 - 8:00 PM Presentation 
8:00 - 8:30 PM Dessert Reception 

Big Questions are events with Macalester President Rivera, faculty, staff, and alumni that celebrate the liberal arts with thought-provoking conversations about global issues, plus opportunities to connect with your fellow alumni, parents, and friends. See all Big Questions events

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This event is for: Alumni, Faculty, Parents and Families, Staff, Students

Admission: Free

Sponsored by: Advancement, Alumni Engagement, President, Special Events

Listed under: Alumni Events, Front Page Events

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