University Theme: Fear

Anthology Table of Contents

  • Susquehanna University Learning Goals, SU Faculty, staff, and students, Introduction by Carl O. Moses
  • The Monsters are Due on Maple Street, Rod Serling, Introduction by Michele DeMary
  • Radio Listeners in Panic, Taking War Drama as Fact, Author unknown, Introduction by David Kaszuba
  • The New Fear, Sasha Abramsky, Introduction by Margaret Peeler
  • Hollywood Science, Steven Kotler, Introduction by Erin Keen-Rhinehart
  • Why We Crave Horror Movies, Stephen King, Introduction by Betsy Verhoeven
  • The Tell-Tale Heart, Edgar Allan Poe, Introduction by Hannah Leavens
  • When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be, John Keats, Introduction by Susan Bowers
  • The Dream of Authority from My Life in School, Jane Tompkins, Introduction by Valerie Allison-Roan
  • Learning to Fall, Ann Beattie, Introduction by Coleen Zoller
  • The Risk of (Not) Communicating, Lynne Kelly, Introduction by Beverly Romberger
  • The Fear, Robert Frost, Introduction by Karla Kelsey
  • Fear: Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without It, Scott O. Lilienfeld, Introduction by Gretchen S. Lovas
  • The Consequences of Fear, David Ropeik, Introduction by Alissa Packer
  • Why the Human Brain is a Poor Judge of Risk, Bruce Schneier, Introduction by Ken Brakke
  • The Construction of Fear, Barry Glassner, Introduction by Alex Skitolsky
  • Fear, Inc. from The Science of Fear, Daniel Gardner, Introduction by Alissa Packer
  • Roots of Fear, Sharon Begley, Introduction by Shari Jacobson
  • First Inaugural Address, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Introduction by Ed Slavishak
  • Fear Itself: Meditations on Gay Marriage, David Moats, Introduction by James Black
  • Not Your Homeland, Edwidge Danticat, Introduction by Karen Mura
  • The Flying Machine, Ray Bradbury, Introduction by Caro Mercado

"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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