Studies in National and International Development


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Bold Scientists: Whole Food for Free Range Minds

Michael Riordon

Canadian Writer and Documentary Film-maker



1pm-2:30pm, Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D214

Michael Riordon will be speaking about his new book, Bold Scientists: Dispatches from the Battle for Honest Science.

Bold Scientists plumbs the deepening fault lines between nature, science, and power.  The book is a quest, to illuminate the lives and work of scientists who defy the status quo, bend the rules, refuse to be silenced, and keep asking prickly questions they aren’t supposed to ask. As global elites accelerate their plunder of a dwindling earth, the battle for survival, justice and freedom is bound to escalate.  It is waged on many fronts, in boardrooms and corridors of power, streets and squares, in laboratories and other fields of inquiry, on the internet and social media, and in our heads.  Science and technology are elemental to all of this – the gobbling, the battle, and our heads. Questions need to be asked, urgently.

Bold Scientists book cover

About the Speaker: “A spirit of restless inquiry drives my work – six books, more than 60 spoken word/audio documentaries and plays, films and videos. A guiding impulse is to question: authority, givens, habits of thought, easy answers.  A primary goal is to recover voices of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version.  My focus has embraced queer folk across Canada, First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, Guatemalan labour activists, peace/justice activists in Palestine-Israel.  And now scientists.  Each of their voices adds an essential fragment to the evolving human story, our collective work-in-progress. Together they challenge the noisy monotone of the official version, and celebrate the riotous diversity of life.

Michael Riordon
Michael Riordon is a Canadian writer and documentary-maker. He also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities. He lives with his partner in rural eastern Ontario, Canada