In an age when the Canadian government is muzzling scientists, religious groups are using special search engines like Jewogle to filter out unwanted results, and one in five Americans believes the earth is at the center of the solar system…you might just want to hear Randy Olson speak.

Sponsored by the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series, several colleges and academic units, Sea Grant, the Center for Teaching Excellence, Sigma Xi (the Scientific Research Society), and the President’s Office, Dr. Randy Olson will visit campus on 21, 22 and 23 September for a series of events. These will include screenings of his award-winning film “Flock of Dodos: The Evolution—Intelligent Design Circus” and the Maine premiere of “Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy.” There will also be a retrospective showing of “Salt of the Earth: A Journey to the Heart of Maine Lobster Fishermen,” with live music and storytelling. He will present a public lecture on the topic of his 2009 book “Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style,” which treats the effective communication science to the public, most of whom are not scientists. All of the films and the lecture will be followed by a Q&A session or a panel discussion. A complete schedule of the public events is attached to this e-mail; please note that there will be open sessions with students (undergraduate and graduate).

Advertising will begin appearing on campus and in the media soon, and there is information in the Collins Center for the Arts’ 2010-11 Season Brochure. Dr. Olson and the principals of “Salt of the Earth” will be interviewed on WERU radio’s “Talk of the Towns” with Ron Beard at 10 am on Friday, September 10. For more about what to expect during his time here, please visit Dr. Olson’s web site,

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