Franke James “Banned on the Hill” at Skeptics in the Pub

Franke James poster for ASR talk Jan 20, 2012

Association for Science & Reason

Could speaking out on climate change get you into deep trouble with the Harper Government? And what would you do if that happened?

Blacklisted environmental artist and author Franke James is coming to Skeptics in the Pub to tell us her true-life story of being Banned on the Hill. Her 20-city climate change art show in Europe was shut down due to behind-the-scenes government interference. Hear how Franke is fighting back using creativity, political savvy, and social media — and why she thinks that scientists who are being muzzled need to speak up.

Tim Harper wrote in the Toronto Star: “Franke James…has shown no shortage of political acumen in her bid to fight back against a Conservative government she says has bullied her. She has used access to information requests, help from political allies, and publicity in the media to highlight her belief that the Conservatives withdrew funding for a European tour of her art and then badmouthed her privately to shut it down because they didn’t like her view of the country’s inaction on climate change.”

ASR’s Skeptics in the Pub:

About Franke James:
Artist, author, and speaker Franke James is an entertaining and persuasive advocate for the environment. She merges science, art, political savvy, and storytelling to inspire people to take action and ‘do the hardest thing first’ for the planet. Her lively presentations demonstrate her ‘rare skill of presenting important abstract concepts with immediacy and relevance through her art.’ Franke is the author of Bothered By My Green Conscience, and the game-book Dear Office-Politics. Franke has delivered keynote presentations to scientists and science educators in Canada and the U.S.A.

Toronto Skeptics in the Pub
Date: Friday, January 20, 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Fox & Fiddle

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