Lectures and Special Events

The Madhouse Effect

September 29, 2016


The award-winning climate scientist Michael E. Mann and the Pulitzer Prize–winning political cartoonist Tom Toles have fought at the frontlines of climate-change denialism for most of their careers. Their brilliant, colorful book takes aim at the manipulation of the media by business and political interests and the play to partisanship on issues that affect the well-being of millions. Toles’s cartoons expose the bias of such counter-scientific strategies and Mann’s expert skills at science communication restore sanity to a debate that continues to rage against widely acknowledged scientific consensus. The synergy of these two common-sense crusaders enlivens the dour tone of so many climate-themed screeds—and may even convert a few of the faithful deniers to the right side of science. The discussion will be moderated by Jeffrey Sachs.

Note: A book signing will follow. 

About the Speakers


© Tom Cogill

Michael E. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and director of the Earth Systems Science Center at Penn State University. He is the author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines (Columbia, 2012) and a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 


© Gretchen Toles

Tom Toles is the Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist of the Washington Post. He has a particular interest in climate change science and has worked consistently to advance understanding of this subject, including its political context, since the 1980s.