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They Call It Academic Freedom

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest
Barbara Forrest
Time: 
5:00pm
Date: 
October 9, 2011
Location: 
Texas Freethought Convention
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana St.
Houston, Texas

Texas Freethought Convention
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They Call It Academic Freedom

Time: 
9:00am to 10:00am
Date: 
October 9, 2011
Location: 
Texas Freethought Convention
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana St.
Houston, Texas

Texas Freethought Convention
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The Rise and Fall of Evolution in Texas

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
8:00am
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Date: 
October 8, 2011
Location: 
Texas Freethought Convention
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana St.
Houston, Texas


Texas has had an unusual history regarding the teaching of evolution. For decades, Texas textbooks were required to print a disclaimer on evolution in any book that discussed the subject. Things improved a bit after the Texas Freethought Conventiondisclaimer was removed after an Attorney General issued a negative evaluation of its constitutionality. But evolution in the Texas standards has waxed and waned over the years both in quality and quantity. The most recent spasm of antievolutionism occurred in 2008-09 when the science education standards were revised. How will this affect science education in Texas in the future?

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The Rise and Fall of Evolution in Texas

Time: 
12:00am
1:30 - 2:30 pm
Date: 
October 8, 2011
Location: 
Texas Freethought Convention
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana St.
Houston, Texas


Texas has had an unusual history regarding the teaching of evolution. For decades, Texas textbooks were required to print a disclaimer on evolution in any book that discussed the subject. Things improved a bit after the Texas Freethought Conventiondisclaimer was removed after an Attorney General issued a negative evaluation of its constitutionality. But evolution in the Texas standards has waxed and waned over the years both in quality and quantity. The most recent spasm of antievolutionism occurred in 2008-09 when the science education standards were revised. How will this affect science education in Texas in the future?

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Movie: No Dinosaurs in Heaven

Featuring: 
Steven Newton
Photo of Steven Newton
Time: 
2:30am
Date: 
September 26, 2011
Location: 
Black Box Theater
Healdsburg High School
1024 Prince Street
Healdsburg, California


"No Dinosaurs in Heaven" is a film that examines the hijacking of science education by religious fundamentalists, threatening the separation of church and state and dangerously undermining scientific literacy. Healdsburg High School 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 with Eugenie Scott, Steve Newton, and Alan Gishlick of NCSE, that debunks creationist explanations for the canyon's formation. These two strands expose the fallacies in the "debate," manufactured by anti-science forces, that creationism is a valid scientific alternative to evolution.

After the film, there will be a question and answer period, moderated by Mr. Newton.

Presentation facilitated by the Healdsburg High School Science Alliance with Rob Lee, Department Chair.

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Movie: No Dinosaurs in Heaven

Time: 
6:30pm
Date: 
September 26, 2011
Location: 
Black Box Theater
Healdsburg High School
1024 Prince Street
Healdsburg, California


"No Dinosaurs in Heaven" is a film that examines the hijacking of science education by religious fundamentalists, threatening the separation of church and state and dangerously undermining scientific literacy. Healdsburg High School 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 with Eugenie Scott, Steve Newton, and Alan Gishlick of NCSE, that debunks creationist explanations for the canyon's formation. These two strands expose the fallacies in the "debate," manufactured by anti-science forces, that creationism is a valid scientific alternative to evolution.

After the film, there will be a question and answer period, moderated by Mr. Newton.

Presentation facilitated by the Healdsburg High School Science Alliance with Rob Lee, Department Chair.

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Why Evolution is Difficult: An American Perspective

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

Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
September 22, 2011
Location: 
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada



The American antievolution movement is much more vigorous than that in Canada or Europe, but antievolutionism is nonetheless expanding outside of the U.S. University of Lethbridge logoThe specific enthusiasms of “creation science” and “intelligent design” are American exports, and products of American history and culture. Nonetheless, they have been proved to be remarkably robust colonizers, and are transplanted by conservative Christian missionaries, who are a universal phenomenon. Although primarily a Christian movement, antievolutionism has been seized upon by Islamists as well, and even by a marginal Hindu movement. The relationship between creation science and intelligent design will be explained, and examples of how these movements have challenged the teaching of evolution will be described.

A presentation for the
Owen G. Holmes Lecture Series

For more information: 
Contact: Paul Sparrow-Clarke at paul.sparrowclarke@uleth.ca

Why Evolution is Difficult: An American Perspective

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
September 22, 2011
Location: 
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada



The American antievolution movement is much more vigorous than that in Canada or Europe, but antievolutionism is nonetheless expanding outside of the U.S. University of Lethbridge logoThe specific enthusiasms of “creation science” and “intelligent design” are American exports, and products of American history and culture. Nonetheless, they have been proved to be remarkably robust colonizers, and are transplanted by conservative Christian missionaries, who are a universal phenomenon. Although primarily a Christian movement, antievolutionism has been seized upon by Islamists as well, and even by a marginal Hindu movement. The relationship between creation science and intelligent design will be explained, and examples of how these movements have challenged the teaching of evolution will be described.

A presentation for the
Owen G. Holmes Lecture Series

For more information: 
Contact: Paul Sparrow-Clarke at paul.sparrowclarke@uleth.ca

Evolution and Global Warming Denialism: How the Public is Misled

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

Time: 
8:00am
TBA
Date: 
September 15, 2011
Location: 
Glasgow, Scotland



In the US, teachers have long been being pressured to eliminate the teaching of evolution or to teach "alternative views" – meaning creationism. Recently, they also are receiving pressure either to not teach global warming, or to Glasgow Skepticsteach "alternative views", such as that global warming isn't actually occurring, or that it is not anthropogenic. As with the arguments used by antievolutionists, global warming deniers propose their views in the spirit of “fairness”, or of teaching students critical thinking. The rhetoric and political techniques employed by global warming deniers have remarkable parallels to those employed by antievolutionists.

Talk for the
Glasgow Skeptics

For more information: 
Email Ian Scott

Evolution and Global Warming Denialism: How the Public is Misled

Time: 
12:00am
TBA
Date: 
September 15, 2011
Location: 
Glasgow, Scotland



In the US, teachers have long been being pressured to eliminate the teaching of evolution or to teach "alternative views" – meaning creationism. Recently, they also are receiving pressure either to not teach global warming, or to Glasgow Skepticsteach "alternative views", such as that global warming isn't actually occurring, or that it is not anthropogenic. As with the arguments used by antievolutionists, global warming deniers propose their views in the spirit of “fairness”, or of teaching students critical thinking. The rhetoric and political techniques employed by global warming deniers have remarkable parallels to those employed by antievolutionists.

Talk for the
Glasgow Skeptics

For more information: 
Email Ian Scott

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