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The Impact of Darwin in Everyday Life

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau

Josh Rosenau

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 11, 2016
Location: 

McWain Science Center
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Birmingham AL 35294

NCSE's Josh Rosenau will speak at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's annual Darwin Day celebration. The event is free and open to the public.

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Why "Academic Freedom" Is a Fraud

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest

Barbara ForrestBarbara Forrest

Time: 
4:00pm
Date: 
February 11, 2016
Location: 

Lee Drain Building 214
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville TX 77341

Barbara Forrest, coauthor with Paul R. Gross of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design (2004), is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University. She was an expert witness in the first legal case involving "intelligent design" (Kitzmiller v. Dover).

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Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State University

Why do people reject good science?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
February 10, 2016
Location: 

(Room TBA)
Trinity University
San Antonio TX

 

A Darwin Day presentation at Trinity University. Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence.

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What if “Intelligent Design” Had Won? Reflecting on 10 Years Since Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 8, 2016
Location: 

SoMaStrEatFood Park
28 11th Street
San Francisco CA 94103

 

A talk for Wonderfest in celebration of Darwin’s birthday. Ten years ago, the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover determined that "intelligent design" was a form of creationism, and thus unconstitutional to advocate in public schools, but what if the decision had gone the other way? What would have been the legal, political, scientific, and educational fallout? Eugenie C. Scott is the former executive director of the National Center for Science Education, which was part of the plaintiff's legal team.

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The talk is free and open to the public.

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After Kitzmiller, What's Next for Creationism?

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director

Time: 
6:30pm
Date: 
February 6, 2016
Location: 

Junior Ballroom, Compton Union Building
Washington State University
Pullman WA 99164 

Kitzmiller v. Dover, the 2005 case establishing the unconstitutionality of teaching intelligent design creationism in the public schools, was a pivotal event in the history of the creationism/evolution controversy in the United States. Branch will discuss why Kitzmiller was the effective end of the second phase of anti-evolution strategy and what the third phase is going to be like.

Part of the Darwin on the Palouse Darwin Day celebration for 2016, cosponsored by the Palouse Coalition for Reason and the American Humanist Association.Darwin on the Palouse 2016 poster

 

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Visit the Darwin on the Palouse website

Untangling the Bank: How Evolution Misconceptions Sow the Seeds of Doubt and Denial

Featuring: 
Stephanie Keep

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 3, 2016
Location: 

First Parish in Concord
20 Lexington Road
Concord MA 01742

Stephanie Keep will speak to Concord Area Humanists about "evolution misconceptions that keep the waters muddied, so to speak, making it that much easier for denial and doubt to take hold. I [will] also touch on the state of evolution acceptance in America, and NCSE's current efforts to improve things." A $5 donation is suggested.

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Winterfest

Time: 
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Date: 
January 24, 2016
Location: 

Iowa River Landing, Coralville IA

NCSE is partnering with the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History to contribute to Coralville's annual Winterfest.  If you're in the area come by to see and touch cool fossils from ice age animals, and learn how climate change then and now impacts living things.

Dig Deeper into Biology with Making North America

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco and Stephanie Keep

Stephanie KeepMinda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Time: 
7:00pm
Eastern
Date: 
December 8, 2015
Location: 

Join NOVA Education for a discussion with special guests Minda Berbeco and Stephanie Keep of the National Center for Science Education about how to leverage NOVA's free resources to enhance the  “geo-bio connection” in your grade 6-12 curricula and classroom activities.

Over its 4.5-billion-year history, our planet transformed from an inhospitable sphere of molten rock to one that is rich with diverse life forms. NOVA’s Making North America tells this story through the lens of our own continent’s geological formation and evolution, and offers new content that can augment the teaching of biology and life sciences. 

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What if “Intelligent Design” Had Won? Reflecting on 10 Years Since Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
6:30pm
Date: 
December 4, 2015
Location: 

Google Mountain View Campus
Room Emoji Tech Talk
1255 Pear Avenue
Mountain View CA 94043

 

A talk for the Silicon Valley Skeptics. Ten years ago, the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover determined that "intelligent design" was a form of creationism, and thus unconstitutional to advocate in public schools, but what if the decision had gone the other way? What would have been the legal, political, scientific, and educational fallout? Eugenie C. Scott is the former executive director of the National Center for Science Education, which was part of the plaintiff's legal team.

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The talk is free and open to the public.

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Silicon Valley Skeptics Meetup page (please RSVP)

IEREA Annual Conference

Featuring: 
Emily Schoerning

Emily Schoerning

Time: 
1:45pm
Date: 
December 4, 2015
Location: 

Ferguson Center
ACT Campus
200 ACT Drive
Iowa City IA 52240

Emily Schoerning is presenting on NCSE's Science Booster Club Project at the afternoon round table sessions of the IEREA Annual Conference, beginning at 1:45. Learn about our organization, our plans for regional expansion, and how we can help schools and educators in your community. Registration for the conference is required.

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