The Augustana Library Associates presents Shawn Otto in this year’s Fall Author Event. The event will be livestreamed, as well as being held in-person in Hamre Hall of the Humanities Building at Augustana University.
Shawn Otto is author of the award-winning nonfiction book The War on Science, which predicted the rise of anti-science voices and the threat they pose to democracy. The book, called “a game changer,” follows the 2011 publication on Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America.
Otto speaks to audiences worldwide about the scientific foundations of democracy and the causes and dangers of anti-science authoritarianism while advising on candidate science debate efforts in many countries. He was awarded the IEEE-USA National Distinguished Public Service Award for his work elevating science in American public dialogue. He is cofounder and producer of the US presidential science debates at ScienceDebate.org.
He is also an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He wrote and co-produced the Academy Award-nominated movie House of Sand and Fog starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His literary crime novel, Sins of Our Fathers, was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. Mary Ellen Quinn described the novel, set in Minnesota, as having “believable characters and a strong sense of place” in a “tale of risk and redemption.”
Otto lives in Minnesota with his wife, Rebecca Otto, the former Minnesota state Auditor and 2018 candidate for Governor. Their house is a green home powered by solar and wind energy that he designed and the couple built themselves.
Please join us for our in-person event on October 12th with livestream for anyone unable to come or living outside the Sioux Falls area. The event is being held in Hamre Recital Hall in the Humanities Building of Augustana University.
Registration is required. Visit bit.ly/2QzuBss for registration and information. Any donations will be used to support future Library Associates programming. For more information, call the Mikkelsen Library at (605) 274-4921.