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Ropeik Lecture at Susquehanna Aims to Dispel Fears

Published on September 8, 2011

Author David Ropeik will present a talk based on his book “How Risky Is It, ReallyDavid Ropeik? Why Our Fears Don’t Always Match the Facts,” Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. in the university’s Weber Chapel Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

In his book, Ropeik contends that most of us worry too much 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.” He is a former instructor of risk communication at the Harvard School of Public Health, and was co-director of the school’s professional education course, The Risk Communication Challenge.

Ropeik’s talk is part of this year’s Common Reading program at Susquehanna, which engages first-year students, faculty and staff in a semester-long dialogue around common reading material related to the university’s annual theme, which this year is Fear.

Karen M. Jones

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