Science, Secularization, and American Democracy


Science, Secularization, & American Democracy

Tuesday, March 3, 2020  •  12:00noon  •  West Hall, Room 145  •  ASU Tempe Campus

Noah Efron is a professor at Bar-Ilan University (Israel) and founding chair of the interdisciplinary program on Science, Technology and Society. Efron has served as the president of the Israeli Society for History & Philosophy of Science and been on the executive committee of the International Society for Science and Religion. He is also a standing member of Israel's National Committee for Transgenic Plants and has participated in Knesset deliberations about human cloning legislation.

Efron is author of A Chosen Calling: Jews in Science in the Twentieth Century (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015), as well as two other books, and has written many essays and articles on the complicated intersection of knowledge, religion, and politics. He considers himself to be an avid student in the ways that changes in technologies, societal institutions, and socio-political ideologies influence one another. Lately, he has become obsessed with the decline of faith in “facts” and scientific experts that some circles are reporting (and worries late at night that his chosen field may have contributed to this frightful development).Efron has been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a fellow of the Dibner Institute for History of Science and Technology at MIT, a fellow at Harvard University, and a visiting professor at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania.

He is also a former member of the Tel Aviv City Council and the host of a popular podcast, The Promiseland Podcast, the world’s leading podcast on Israeli politics.

This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are kindly requested

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 • 12:00noon • West Hall, Room 145 • ASU Tempe Campus