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Sustainable Futures and Civic Engagement: Science Museums as the Public Square

Patrick Hamilton

  • Director of Global Change Initiatives, Science Museum of Minnesota

Robert Garfinkle

  • Project Leader for Science and Social Change, Science Museum of Minnesota

In our increasingly fractured civic life, science museums have a unique capacity to convene people across the sociopolitical spectrum. The Science Museum of Minnesota is one institution leveraging this opportunity to engage citizens around science-related social and political issues.

At this event, Science Museum of Minnesota representatives Patrick Hamilton and Robert Garfinkle will discuss the Future Earth Initiative, a major effort to engage the public, policymakers, and scientists around sustainability and global change issues using novel foresight approaches. Their talk will explore how academia and science museums can work together to amplify the work of researchers and engage the public and policymakers in the broad challenges of the future.

Patrick Hamilton is the director of Global Change Initiatives at the Science Museum of Minnesota where he has been producing exhibits and programs on environmental issues for three decades.

Robert Garfinkle is a project leader in the Science and Social Change Initiative at the Science Museum of Minnesota where he develops exhibits and programs that engage communities to consider the sociopolitical implications of science and technology.

This event co-sponsored by The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes.

Monday, October 1, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.