|Hearing on Pesticides|
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Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, advocating the limited use of synthetic pesticides. With its vivid images and dramatic evidence, it sparked emerging environmental concerns into a major public controversy. President Kennedy, Congress and the television media all initiated investigations. We will situate ourselves in late 1963, consider the evidence available at the time, assess Carson's claims and decide what policy we recommend.
entomologists, ornithologists, agriculturalists, representatives of chemical (pesticide) industry, public health officials, economist, amateur birders, others.
Guiding Questions [NOT an outline!]:
Each person must: (a) prepare a concentrated written summary of the position of their character (adding any personal commentary in notes or appendix) (~1000 wds, excluding references and visuals) and (b) present a 3-minute summary in class (without reading). Each contribution should include:
Evaluation will be based on how deeply you reconstruct the historical context and arguments and your contribution to class understanding on the general questions above. Your position statement is due November 14, 2004 and is worth 20% of the course grade (15% for HSci 3815).
Simulation assembled by Douglas Allchin. || last revised Sept. 6, 2005
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