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AUA Co-Hosts PERITIA Public Lectures Globally and [email protected] Locally

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The American University of Armenia (AUA) is co-organizing two series of events as part of its Policy, Expertise, and Trust in Action (PERITIA) project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program.

PERITIA Public Lectures on Trust in an Age of Disinformation

At the PERITIA Public Lectures, co-hosted by the University College Dublin (UCD) Centre for Ethics in Public Life, prominent scholars from the U.S. and Europe will present their latest research on trust in science, conspiracy theories, trustworthy science, truth and democracy, and trust and cognitive science. The lectures will take place at 7 PM Yerevan time every other Tuesday from April 6 to June 1. English-Armenian simultaneous translation will be available. The speakers and their topics are: 

April 6 — Trust in Science – Naomi Oreskes, Harvard University 

April 20 — Misunderstanding Conspiracy Theories – Quassim Cassam, Warwick University

May 4 — The Democratic Value of Truth – Michael Lynch, University of Connecticut

May 18 — Trustworthy Science Advice – Heather Douglas, Michigan State University

June 1 — Trust vs. Argument – Dan Sperber, Institut Jean Nicod

Registration for the PERITIA Public Lectures is required and available: in English and in Armenian.

PERITIA [email protected]

Six days prior to each lecture, AUA will hold the PERITIA [email protected], where selected writings by each of the PERITIA Public Lecture speakers will be discussed. 

“The goal is to engage Armenian academics and experts in the topics of PERITIA, increasing the impact of the Public Lectures on Armenian audiences,” says Dr. Arshak Balayan, AUA lecturer at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) and researcher in the PERITIA project. 

The online discussions, with Armenian-English simultaneous translation, will take place at 5:30 PM Yerevan time every other Wednesday from March 31 to May 26: 

March 31 — Discussing Naomi Oreskes – Serob Khachatryan, Yerevan State University (YSU) 

April 14 — Discussing Quassim Cassam – Levon Babajanyan, YSU

April 28 — Discussing Michael Lynch – Arman Gharagulyan, YSU

May 12 — Discussing Heather Douglas – Mariam Atalyan, Armenian State Agrarian University

May 26 — Discussing Dan Sperber – Kristine Grigoryan, Catholic University of Leuven

Registration for the PERITIA [email protected] can be made in Armenian and in English.

PERITIA is a three-year multidisciplinary project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program with a consortium of eleven partners, including AUA, led by the University College Dublin. 

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.

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