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Shawn Lawrence Otto

Shawn Lawrence Otto

The War on Science Wednesday Jan 29, 2020
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EST
Individual Lecture

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Shawn Lawrence Otto’s first novel, Sins Of Our Fathers, was named a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, won the NE Minnesota Book Award, and was listed as one of the “Big Indie Books of Fall 2014.” Shawn is the screenwriter and coproducer of House of Sand and Fog, starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly, which was nominated for three Academy Awards. He has written for several of TV and film’s top studios and independent producers, and his screenplays have won several awards. Shawn’s award-winning book The War on Science is the definitive work on science and its relationship to democracy, and on why science has come under political attacks in recent decades.

His earlier work, Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, won the 2012 Minnesota Book Award. Shawn was also the editor of Writers United for All Families, a 2012 collection of writings on marriage equality. His writing has appeared in numerous publications. His article Antiscience Beliefs Jeopardize U.S. Democracy became the most shared story on Scientific American and was named one of the best commentaries in the United States in 2012. Otto is the cofounder and producer of the US presidential science debates, between Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein, and between president Barack Obama and his opponents Senator John McCain and Governor Mitt Romney, which became the largest political initiatives in the history of science. They have since been emulated in several other countries.

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