Do We Need a Science Court?

Do We Need a Science Court?
Politics and Expertise with Zeynep Pamuk

April 23, Saturday, 12-2 PM EST
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Reimagining science’s relationship to democracy.

About this event

The compounding crises of our time demand complex forms of expertise that are nevertheless accessible and accountable to different communities. At the same time, the institutions that educate, facilitate research, bestow authority, and govern are increasingly politically compromised.

How do we create and act on expertise in an open society? How do we incorporate good-faith dissent in our decision-making structures without leaving them vulnerable to abuse or sabotage? How do we create people and systems we can trust, and then how do we recognize and empower them?

Do we need “science court”?

In this seminar Zeynep Pamuk—assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego—will offer “a new model for the relationship between science and democracy that spans policymaking, the funding and conduct of research, and our approach to new technologies.”

Zeynep Pamuk holds a PhD in political science from Harvard (2017) and a BA in ethics, politics & economics from Yale (2011), and was previously a Supernumerary Fellow in Politics at St John’s College, Oxford.

Her research interests lie in the intersection of political theory, the philosophy of science and social science, and social epistemology. Her new book, Politics and Expertise: How to Use Science in a Democratic Society, examines the relationship between science and democracy, from the funding of scientific research to its use in decision making and its applications in new technologies. She’s currently working on a range of projects on the role of expertise in politics, freedom of inquiry and its limits, the effects of artificial intelligence and automation on democracy, the ethical and policy implications of new technologies and the relationship between democracy and the press.

  • $15 – General Admission Ticket
  • $10 – Student/Contingent Scholar/Activist Ticket
  • $30 – Supporter Ticket
  • Solidarity pay-what-you-can tickets are also available for those who cannot afford any of the above tiers. Please email us.


Please register by buying a ticket at our Eventbrite page. We are committed to making all our offerings accessible to those who are eager to learn, regardless of financial means. If you have any questions or concerns, please email

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