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Petri Dish: Resetting the Conversation on Science

From evolution to climate change, there are growing concerns about the mismatch between public discourse and scientific consensus. Our panelists explore what’s behind this mismatch and how we might establish a shared understanding of what we know and how we know it. Join Valery Forbes, dean of the College of Biological Sciences; Shawn Otto, author of The War on Science; and Sehoya Cotner, a faculty member who studies the factors that influence acceptance of scientific concepts for an evening of curiosity-driven discussion.


Location: Camp Bar, downtown St. Paul​​. Doors open at 6 p.m., Program starts at 7 p.m. Music and trivia precede the program. A Black Sheep Pizza buffet available on a first-come, first-served basis. Beverages available for purchase.

Purchase tickets online at or at the door the day of the event. 

Presented in collaboration with the Bell Museum of Natural History. The Petri Dish explores how biology affects our lives and what it means for our future. No PowerPoints. Just music, trivia and lots of lively, curiosity-driven conversations on timely topics with University of Minnesota experts. 

July, 2017