University Theme: Fear

"How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts" by David Ropeik

and "Fear in the Age of Austerity" by Sasha Abramsky

Author David Ropeik presents, "How Risky Is It, Really? Why Our Fears Don't Always Match the Facts" as a part of this year's University Theme, "Fear." Ropeik contends that most of us worry about some things, and not enough about others. The author explains why, revealing in detail the subconscious human system of risk perception, and how it is driven as much by emotion and instinct as by reason and fact. Ropeik helps us understand why our fears sometimes don't match the facts, and how we can make healthier choices in a risky modern world. In addition to writing books, Ropeik is an award-winning television reporter, teacher, consultant and public speaker. He is co-author of "RISK, A Practical Guide for Deciding What's Dangerous and What's Safe in the World Around You."

Continuing its year-long focus on the theme of  "Fear," author and freelance journalist Sasha Abramsky addresses how economy feeds fear. "Fear in the Age of Austerity" explores the ways in which fear and economic malaise overlap and amplify each other, creating cross-currents that make recovery particularly difficult. Abramsky is the author of several books, including "American Furies: Crime, Punishment, and Vengeance in the Age of Mass Imprisonment," Breadline USA: The Hidden Scandal of American Hunger and How to Fix It" and, most recently, "Inside Obama's Brain." Abramsky's writings have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, The Nation, The American Prospect, Mother Jones and many other magazines. Abramsky has appeared on many national radio and television shows, and lectures regularly on politics and on the criminal justice system in America.

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