Shawn Otto

Author, Filmmaker — Marine on St Croix, MN

Shawn Otto is an award-winning science advocate, writer, teacher, and speaker. He is the cofounder of and the producer of the first US Presidential Science Debates, for which he received the IEEE-USA’s National Distinguished Public Service Award. He has advised science debate efforts in several countries. He is also a novelist and filmmaker. His novel Sins of Our Fathers, a literary thriller, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and his film House of Sand and Fog was nominated for three Academy Awards. His latest book is The War on Science. He lives in Minnesota with his wife, Rebecca Otto, the State Auditor, in a wind-powered, green, solar home he designed and built with his own hands. The couple have one son, Jacob.

Shawn has given the Noble Conference Keynote and a talk on TEDx. His speaker page can be found here.

The topics he often speaks on are:

  • The War on Science
  • Teaching Passion for Science in an Anti-Science World
  • Breaking Stories That Rock
  • Indian Law, Money, Justice & The American Dream
  • Secularism: the Key to Freedom in Democracy
  • Tapping the Power of Story
  • When Faith Created Science
  • Climate Politics
  • Journalism and Objectivity 
  • How to Think

Shawn's usual honorarium is $6,000, but the honorarium is flexible for organizations with a limited budgets.

Topic(s): Debates, Education

Sub-topic(s): Science education