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Teaching Evolution in a Climate of Controversy

Time: 
9:00am
Date: 
February 11, 2012
Location: 
Room TBA
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida


Evolution is an essential part of the biology curriculum, and a similarly-critical part of the Earth sciences curriculum; it is simply not possible to teach good University of South Florida - logobiology or Earth science and omit evolution. But what if there are students who are reluctant to be taught evolution, and (worse) administrators who don’t back their teachers? Dr. Scott will present some useful tips for teachers about handling what shouldn’t be a controversy, but unfortunately is.

Presentation at the
Science Teachers Workshop

For more information: 
Email: NCSE

Screening of "No Dinosaurs in Heaven"

Time: 
12:00am
TBA
Date: 
February 11, 2012 to February 12, 2012
Location: 
REASONfest
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas


"No Dinosaurs in Heaven" is a film essay that examines the hijacking of science education by religious fundamentalists, threatening the separation of church and state and dangerously undermining scientific literacy. ReasonFest logoThe documentary weaves together two strands: an examination of the problem posed by creationists who earn science education degrees only to advocate anti-scientific beliefs in the classroom; and a visually stunning raft trip down the Grand Canyon, led by Dr. Eugenie Scott, that debunks creationist explanations for its formation. These two strands expose the fallacies in the "debate," manufactured by anti-science forces, that creationism is a valid scientific alternative to evolution.

NCSE's Steve Newton will host a question and answer session following the film.

Sponsored by
SOMA
The Society of Open-Minded Atheists & Agnostics


For more information: 
Contact: Steve Newton at newton@ncse.com

Evolution, education, and 'Intelligent Design': lessons from the 2005 trial in Dover, PA

Featuring: 
Kevin Padian, Ph.D.
Kevin Padian


Time: 
2:15am
Date: 
February 10, 2012
Location: 
University of Arkansas
Little Rock, Arkansas


Hosted by the
Clinton School of Public Policy


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Florida’s “Critical Thinking” bills: Creationism du jour?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
February 9, 2012
Location: 
Fine Arts (FAH) 101
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida


Periodically, including 2011, the Florida Assembly and Senate contemplate bills regarding the teaching of evolution. In these proposed bills, teachers are directed to University of South Florida - logo“critically analyze” evolution, or to present the “full range of scientific views of origins”. Like everything else, these bills have a history – and that history shows that bills of this sort are the current manifestations of the old creationism and evolution controversy that has dogged science education for over 100 years.

Open to the general public

Sponsored by the
University of South Florida

For more information: 
Email: NCSE

Dr. Scott’s Handy-Dandy Guide to Teaching Evolution

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
11:30pm
Date: 
February 9, 2012
Location: 
Room TBA
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida


A lighthearted if serious presentation for faculty, teachers, and students of ideas about teaching evolution that may help to avoid or at least head off misconceptions and opposition. University of South Florida - logoDr. Scott will reiterate her lack of belief in evolution, explain why fish did not evolve into amphibians then evolve into reptiles and then evolve into mammals, explain why evolution is like Monopoly, and conclude with "why Dobzhansky was right”.

Sponsored by the
Integrative Biology Seminar Series

For more information: 
See the Integrative Biology Seminar Series CALENDAR

Florida’s “Critical Thinking” bills: Creationism du jour?

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 9, 2012
Location: 
Room TBA
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida


Periodically, including 2011, the Florida Assembly and Senate contemplate bills regarding the teaching of evolution. In these proposed bills, teachers are directed to University of South Florida - logo“critically analyze” evolution, or to present the “full range of scientific views of origins”. Like everything else, these bills have a history – and that history shows that bills of this sort are the current manifestations of the old creationism and evolution controversy that has dogged science education for over 100 years.

Open to the general public

Sponsored by the
University of South Florida

For more information: 
Email: NCSE

Dr. Scott’s Handy-Dandy Guide to Teaching Evolution

Time: 
3:30pm
Date: 
February 9, 2012
Location: 
Room TBA
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida


A lighthearted if serious presentation for faculty, teachers, and students of ideas about teaching evolution that may help to avoid or at least head off misconceptions and opposition. University of South Florida - logoDr. Scott will reiterate her lack of belief in evolution, explain why fish did not evolve into amphibians then evolve into reptiles and then evolve into mammals, explain why evolution is like Monopoly, and conclude with "why Dobzhansky was right”.

Sponsored by the
Integrative Biology Seminar Series

For more information: 
See the Integrative Biology Seminar Series CALENDAR

Diluvian Daftness: How Creationists Misrepresent the Geology of the Grand Canyon

Featuring: 
Steven Newton
Steve Newton
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
February 8, 2012
Location: 
Café Valparaíso at La Peña
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California
A 6 minute walk from the Ashby BART station
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A presentation in the
SkepTalk Speaker Series
sponsored by the
Bay Area Skeptics
Bay Area Skeptics logo
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Darwin and the human fossil record: 150 years of discovery, exploration, and debate

Featuring: 
Eric Meikle, Ph.D.
Eric Meikle
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
February 6, 2012
Location: 
Coleman Auditorium
Coleman Hall
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Illinois



Eastern Illinois University logo
Sponsored by
Eastern Illinois University
Darwin Day 2012
presented by the Biology Department

For more information: 
Visit the Eastern Illinois University Darwin Day website

Creationism in Public Schools: Current Issues and Solutions

Featuring: 
Steven Newton
Steve Newton

Time: 
6:30pm
Date: 
February 5, 2012
Location: 
Oakmont Sunday Symposium
7902 Oakmont Drive
Santa Rosa, California


Steven Newton, a programs and policy director at the National Center for Science Education, explores the evolution of American creationism and how anti-evolution activities have changed from the Scopes era to the present. Newton will explain creationism's many faces, from dinosaurs-lived-with-humans young earthers to 'intelligent design' advocates to legislators promoting 'academic freedom' legislation. Newton's talk will examine why teaching evolution--and science in general--is so important, and suggest ways for the pro-science community to counter creationist assaults on science education.


For more information: 
Contact: Steve Newton at newton@ncse.com

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