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One Book/One GCC 2016 (April 2016)

One Book/One GCC 2016

Merchants of Doubt

Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway


For the seventh year in a row, Glendale College has organized our One Book/One GCC program in which many disciplines explore the content of a common text. Faculty, staff and students study a book from the perspective of ethics, literature, economics, philosophy, biology, communications, and so on. This year, we celebrate the 2016 One Book/One GCC text, Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway. Faculty and students from many different disciplines at Glendale College came together to develop various discussion panels, book clubs, and film screenings. The event series will end with author Erik Conway's visit to GCC for the annual Keynote Address on Wednesday, April 27 from 12:20 - 1:30 in the Auditorium. The ability to meet the author of the work they are studying is a rare and exciting opportunity for our students and faculty! 

The official Merchants of Doubt website describes the text as such: "Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway explain how a loose–knit group of high-level scientists, with extensive political connections, ran effective campaigns to mislead the public and deny well-established scientific knowledge over four decades. In seven compelling chapters addressing tobacco, acid rain, the ozone hole, global warming, and DDT, Oreskes and Conway roll back the rug on this dark corner of the American scientific community, showing how the ideology of free market fundamentalism, aided by a too-compliant media, has skewed public understanding of some of the most pressing issues of our era." 

Please see here for a complete list of the event series.

For further information, please see our GCC Campus Guide and the Merchants of Doubt website. 

We are already thinking about the author and text for next spring. If you would like to participate in One Book/One GCC, please contact Lara Kartalian at

We hope to see you at Erik Conway’s Keynote Address on April 27!

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