Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Screening Format: DCP (4K Digital Print)

Tickets are sold out. There will be a stand-by line at the door.  We will let in patrons in on a first come/ first serve basis if tickets become available.

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver- tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

The Screening will be followed by a Q&A with discussants:

Jennifer Ouellette, author of 4 popular science books, and science blogger for Scientific American.
Erik Conway, co-author of Merchants of Doubt.

This film kicks off the Sustainable Science Communication Conference, all day at Corwin Pavilion, Thursday May 14. See http://sustech.ucsb.edu/sustainable-science-communication-conference for more details.

Merchants of Doubt Trailer

This event is co-sponsored by the Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability; The Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication, in the Department of Communication; The Carsey-Wolf Center; and The Anthropocene, Views from the Humanities presented by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center.