Cass Sunstein (Harvard professor and former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama Administration) will offer three talks on Tuesday, Sept. 19. As a Practitioner-in-Residence at Duke's Kenan Institute for Ethics, Sunstein is spending time on campus meeting with faculty, students and the public to share his insight on a series of cutting edge issues in law, ethics and regulation.
- 9:30 - 11 a.m. (Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, 101 West Duke Bldg, East Campus): Sunstein will discuss #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media, his book on political fragmentation, polarization, and extremism—and what can be done about it. Sunstein will also speak about a recent paper, “How People Update Beliefs about Climate Change: Good News and Bad News,” which showed that people on both sides of the ongoing debate over climate change tend to change beliefs in response to new information in ways that widen, rather than reduce, polarization. how people update beliefs about climate change. RSVP.
- 12:30 p.m. (Law School 3041): Sunstein will discuss his recent book, Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide. Learn more and RSVP.
- 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. (Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, 101 West Duke Bldg, East Campus): Sunstein will discuss his paper, “On Mandatory Labeling, With Special Reference to Genetically Modified Foods.” In his article, Sunstein evaluates four competing approaches to assess the costs and benefits of mandatory labeling, and applies them to debates over genetically modified foods. RSVP.