Category Archives: Forum

Scientist advocates for effective conversation about climate

By Adam Pearson Discovering ways climate change effects someone personally and then finding a sense of hope is what is needed to effectively talk about climate change, an atmospheric scientist believes. “We need hope because without it we will be … Continue reading

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Fixing climate change means learning to talk about it

By Anna Sveiven Uncommon snow fall and icy conditions on an April day set the scene for a speech about global warming from an atmospheric scientist. “Climate change effects where we live,” said Katharine Hayhoe, a political science professor at … Continue reading

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Climate scientist offers tips on ways to discuss climate change

By Lea Kopke As an April snowstorm fell, a crowd of 250 gathered at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire to listen to a climate scientist speak about the impacts of climate change, on both a local and global … Continue reading

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An author shares the history of hoaxes and fake news at the 76th Forum Series

By Kenz Walters We are in the age of the horrific hoax, said Kevin Young during a speech on the rise of hoaxes and fake news. “There was that democratic pleasure, where you could decide for yourself. But what’s sort … Continue reading

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Travel writer advocates drug law reform at 75th Forum Series

By Hannah Pitzl The criminalization of marijuana in the United States creates more harm than good, and the drug itself isn’t the issue, travel-writer Rick Steves said during a speech advocating the reform of the nation’s marijuana laws. “I’m not in … Continue reading

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Rick Steves, The United States and Marijuana

By Maxwell Inskeep Travel author and internationalist Rick Steves is not pro-marijuana, but is anti-prohibition. “I’m not promoting marijuana…” said Steves. “I am promoting harm reduction and taking crime out of the equation.” Steves spoke to an audience of around 450 at … Continue reading

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Rick Steves discusses marijuana legalization at 75th Forum series

By Nicole Bellford   Prominent travel writer Rick Steves said it is time America followed suit with European marijuana policies, thus taking a pragmatic harm-reduction approach rather than one of moralized incarceration. “It’s not a matter of being soft or … Continue reading

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