Guest Speaker Paul Slovic - "Numbers and Nerves: Confronting the Arithmetic of Compassion and the World's Urgent Problems"

Wednesday, April 06, 2016
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
SNRE, Dana Building Room 1028, 440 Church St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Paul Slovic, founder and President of Decision Research and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. Dr. Slovic studies human judgment, decision making, and risk analysis. He and his colleagues worldwide have developed methods to describe risk perceptions and measure their impacts on individuals, industry, and society. Dr. Slovic was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His most recent work focuses on the concept of psychic numbing, which helps explain why people fail to respond to mass tragedies such as climate change and genocide.

There will be a panel discussion immediately after the talk featuring: 

  • Joe Arvai, Erb Faculty Director (SNRE/Ross)
  • Arun Agarwal, Professor (SNRE)
  • Kaitlin Raimi, Assistant Professor (Ford School)
  • Sol Hart, Assistant Professor (Department of Communications Studies)