My Speech from the Rapid City March for Science

This is what I looked like giving my speech after the sound system was working.

Amazingly, a recording of (almost) my entire speech is on the South Dakota Public Radio website! It is missing a part of the beginning due to issues involving sound system problems and a bullhorn. You can listen by pressing play below:

My best transcript of the part of the speech that isn’t on the recording is below:

Good morning everyone. My name is Luke Corwin. I am a Physics Professor here in Rapid City, but I am speaking for no one but myself today.

I thank the organizers of this event for the opportunity to speak to you today and for the great honor of sharing the stage with Chas Jewett, who has done so much to advance the causes of justice, education, and reconciliation in our community.

As the Facebook page says, “The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community.” Thank you all for taking the time to be here on a Saturday morning to show your passion and support.

Many of us are here because we are concerned about the perceived lack support and trust of science in our city, state, and nation. Today, I want to talk about what we can do about this distrust, and why it exists in the first place. Before that, we have some things to celebrate.

Only 46 miles from here, in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, we are building the Sanford Underground Research Facility, which is one of the most advanced physics laboratories in the world.  South Dakota has invested a great deal in this facility from public and private sources. Mr. Sanford himself donated 70 million dollars, and the State of South Dakota has invested more than 45 million dollars (source). I am a member of the largest collaboration preparing to build an experiment at Sanford Lab. My job and the jobs of several of my colleagues would not exist without these investments.

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