Mar 192017
 
 March 19, 2017

Rethinking Regulation at the Kenan Institute for Ethics will host two events on Tuesday, Sept. 19 featuring Cass Sunstein, professor at Harvard University and former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama Administration.

Public sessions will be held in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101) in the West Duke Building on East Campus:

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Sunstein will discuss his book, “#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media,” on political fragmentation, polarization, and extremism—and what can be done about it. Sunstein will also talk 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. RSVP here.

2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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 here.

For more information about Sunstein’s visit, see this story.