Integrating Art/Literature, Science, and Public Policy

February 5, 2024, 12:00 am - 11:59 pm


Co-sponsored with the Schools of Literature, Media, and Communication; Modern Languages; and Public Policy, Jay Clayton will present a lecture and a workshop on how to integrate art, enterprise, public policy in research.   

About Jay Clayton

His most recent book with Cambridge UP, Literature, Science, and Public Policy: From Darwin to Genomics, "shows how literature can influence public policy concerning scientific controversies in genetics and other areas. Literature brings unique insights to issues involving cloning, GMOs, gene editing, and more by dramatizing their full human complexity. Literature's value for public policy is demonstrated by striking examples that range from the literary response to evolution in the Victorian era through the modern synthesis of evolution and genetics in the mid-twentieth century to present-day genomics. Outlining practical steps for humanists who want to help shape public policy, this book offers vivid readings of novels by H. G. Wells, H. Rider Haggard, Aldous Huxley, Robert Heinlein, Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delany, David Mitchell, Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Kazuo Ishiguro, Gary Shteyngart, and others that illustrate the important insights that literary studies can bring to debates about science and society.    

Other recent work includes empirical research on the relationship between movies and TV series and public policy debates, for example attitudes towards genetics.

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