Welcome to Science Court!
Science Court is a project designed to combat polarization in American society and strengthen democracy. It is run as an interdisciplinary course in the University of Minnesota Honors Program involving students from across the university. The students select a controversial issue and spend an entire semester studying it in depth to determine the facts (based on sound scientific research) and then argue it in a mock trial in front of a jury of citizens with a mix of views and backgrounds. The public is engaged through compelling audio, video and online content generated by the students about the preparations, trial and verdict. The trial is free and open to the public.
Watch talk by Prof. Ellad Tadmor on Science Court given as part of the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series
Listen to an interview with Kerri Miller on MPR News discussing Science Court with Prof. Ellad Tadmor and student Like Diamond.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
SciCourt Finalizes Trial Plans
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In the remaining days before Saturday’s trial, Science Court science team members presented on their domains and legal team members practiced their opening and closing statements. During the trial, jurors will have the chance to ask questions to members of the science and legal teams in a process overseen by Science Court legal advisor and judge Bill McGinnis.
Depolarizing America: Episode 4
In this fourth episode of Depolarizing America, hosted by Matt Simonson, SciCourt examines the sociology and political science of service programs. Jess Jurcek interviews David Ashley, a member of the science team, to discuss the sociological effects of service programs. Hannah Ihekoronye talks with army member and former Science Court student podcaster Luke Diamond about his experience in the military and thoughts on public service.
The University of Minnesota Science Court students are researching and debating whether mandatory service programs could work to create more political and racial harmony in the United States. This semester’s Science Court trial is on April 24, starting a 9 a.m. If you’re interested in attending virtually, register for webinar details at https://umn.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Gp2FX-zbR7yywchK_14R5w.
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SciCourt Begins Final Trial Preparations and Mock Trial
Photo by Glen Carstens-Peters on Unsplash.
As the trial quickly approaches, Science Court spent the week listening to practice testimonies from the science team, who have become Science Court's experts on their respective domains after weeks of research. The legal team was also able to practice asking questions of the science team to get a feel for the trial format.
The trial will feature opening statements by the legal pro and con teams, followed by presentations from each science team member on their areas of research. After each presentation, each legal team will be able to ask questions of the science team as well as deliver a short statement relevant to that subject of research.