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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?

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

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
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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



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

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

The Evolutionary Pageant - What Miss USA Can Teach Us About Evolution

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau
Josh Rosenau
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 5, 2012
Location: 
Student Center
Palo Alto High School
50 Embarcadero Road (at El Camino Real)
Palo Alto, California


A discussion of the answers Miss USA contestants gave when asked for their views on evolution education.


This is a presentation in the
Weekly Sunday Forum
of the
Humanist Community in Silicon Valley

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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

Opposition to evolution in America: Yesterday, today, and tomorrow

Featuring: 
Eric Meikle, Ph.D.
Eric Meikle
Time: 
11:00pm
[Time & location changed from earlier announcement]
Date: 
February 5, 2012
Location: 
Room 2080 Life Science Building
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, Illinois



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This is the lead-off event of
Eastern Illinois University's
Darwin Day 2012
presented by the Biology Department

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

Creationism, Evolution, Education -- and Politics

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
11:30pm
Date: 
January 27, 2012
Location: 
ten Hoor Hall
Room 22
University Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Many topics in the curriculum of American schools are controversial, but perhaps the one with the longest tenure is evolution. Politics plays a role in this controversy in a number of ways. Politicians have University of Alabama logokeen antennae for cultural values, and the "fairness" argument (i.e., it is only "fair" to "balance" evolution with creationism) regularly is exploited, regardless of the appropriateness of its application to science education. Variants of the fairness argument such as balancing evolution with "scientific alternatives to evolution" or balancing evolution with "strengths and weaknesses of evolution" have in fact become the current predominant antievolutionist strategy, partly in response to a series of legal decisions that have excluded the advocacy of creationism in public schools.

A presentation for the
Anthropology Department
University of Alabama

For more information: 
Visit the University of Alabama Anthropology Department website

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