The Ivory Towers Meets the Public Marketplace of Ideas

7:00pm Tuesday, March 14, 2017 The Commons
Sacha Kopp, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Stony Brook University

How can academics meaningfully contribute to public discourse? Academic discourse is deliberative, carefully refined, and debated within the narrow community of trained scholars. Public debate is fast-paced, emotional, and global. What happens when these two cultures collide? Who loses if they don't? Please join in a conversation that challenges academics and citizens to come together.

Sacha Kopp is the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Kopp comes to Stony Brook after serving at the University of Texas at Austin as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education of the College of Natural Sciences and Professor of Physics. As Associate Dean, he was part of the senior leadership for the largest of the university's colleges. He oversaw academic, health, career advising, undergraduate research, honors programs, curricula and degrees, student success programs, instructional budget, and online learning initiatives. As a researcher, his area of study was in the physics of elementary particles. He participated in the discovery of the top quark, properties of bottom and charm quarks, and in producing definitive evidence that neutrinos, the most abundant particle in nature, have mass. He has also authored over 200 scholarly articles.

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