Sep 082017
 September 8, 2017

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

Sunstein, Harvard’s Robert Walmsley University Professor and founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School, will present in the morning and afternoon in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room (101) in the West Duke Building on East Campus. As a Kenan Practitioner-in-Residence, 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.

“We are looking forward to a wide ranging and intensive immersion in Professor Sunstein’s unparalleled expertise on these topics,” said Jonathan Wiener, co-director of Kenan’s Rethinking Regulation Program and the William R. and Thomas L. Perkins Professor of Law at Duke Law School, Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy.

Two sessions are open to the public on Sept. 19:

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.

In addition to the two events held in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, Sunstein will also speak from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at Duke Law School room 3041, where he’ll discuss his book “Impeachment: A Citizen’s Guide.”