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Dealing with Challenges to Evolution in Class; Recent Attacks on Evolution in the USA

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
1:00pm
Open Discussion at 2 PM
Date: 
May 19, 2009
Location: 
Darwin 2009 - Education Workshop
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
Canada

After the failure of creation science and intelligent design to survive legal tests of their constitutionality, the creationist movement evolved new strategies. These call for teaching the “strengths and weaknesses of evolution” or the “critical analysis of evolution” which are creationism in disguise. In lieu of policies promoting the teaching of creation science or Intelligent Design, modern creationists try to change state science education standards or pass state legislation to promote these “softer” and less-obvious approaches. Such “Academic Freedom Act” legislation has popped up in several states already, and reflects the creationism du jour. Dr. Scott will offer strategies for handling these assaults on evolution education.

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Tribeca Film Festival: A Tribute to Darwin

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, PhD
Time: 
9:00pm
Date: 
April 25, 2009
Location: 

The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival will pay tribute to the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth with a retrospective screening of Stanley Kramer's Inherit the Wind, followed by a panel discussion examining how science, backed by evidence, can stir up public and private controversy. The panel includes Dr. Scott, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Weiner, and Jon Amiel, director of the Charles Darwin biopic "Creation". Stanley Kramer's epic movie, released in 1960 and starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly, was a fictionalized version of the infamous 1925 Scopes "Monkey Trial". The trial was triggered by a public outcry surrounding the teaching of evolution in schools in the 1920s. Further details on the Festival can be found at www.tribecafilm.com/festival.

Event sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

For more information: 
Contact: Anna Dinces

Tribeca Film Festival: A Tribute to Darwin

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, PhD
Time: 
1:00pm
Date: 
April 25, 2009

The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival will pay tribute to the bicentennial of Charles Darwin's birth with a retrospective screening of Stanley Kramer's Inherit the Wind, followed by a panel discussion examining how science, backed by evidence, can stir up public and private controversy. The panel includes Dr. Scott, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Weiner, and Jon Amiel, director of the Charles Darwin biopic "Creation". Stanley Kramer's epic movie, released in 1960 and starring Spencer Tracy, Fredric March and Gene Kelly, was a fictionalized version of the infamous 1925 Scopes "Monkey Trial". The trial was triggered by a public outcry surrounding the teaching of evolution in schools in the 1920s. Further details on the Festival can be found at www.tribecafilm.com/festival.

Event sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

For more information: 
Contact: Anna Dinces

The Evolution of Creationism

Featuring: 
Dr. Eugenie Scott
Time: 
1:00am
Date: 
April 20, 2009
Location: 
La Louisiane Ballroom (next to Exhibit Hall) Ernest N. Morial Convention Center New Orleans, LA 70128

With the passage of an "academic freedom" act in Louisiana, there's never been a more appropriate time to talk about the evolution of creationism. Providing the history, the overview, and a look at key creationist tactics will be Dr. Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education. Dr. Barbara Forrest from Southeastern Louisiana University, will discuss the likely impact of the new Louisiana law on teaching science in the state. The Honorable Judge John E. Jones, who presided over the landmark 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover trial (which banished intelligent design from the classroom), will discuss the case law leading to the Dover trial and how judges decide what is good science. Dr. Ken Miller, author of Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul, will dissect the "science" of intelligent design. Cost: High school teachers and students free with proof of status; others: conference registration fee ($445). Further details can be found on this page.

For more information: 
Contact: Peter Farnham

The Evolution of Creationism

Featuring: 
Dr. Eugenie Scott
Time: 
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Date: 
April 20, 2009
Location: 
La Louisiane Ballroom (next to Exhibit Hall) Ernest N. Morial Convention Center New Orleans, LA 70128

With the passage of an "academic freedom" act in Louisiana, there's never been a more appropriate time to talk about the evolution of creationism. Providing the history, the overview, and a look at key creationist tactics will be Dr. Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education. Dr. Barbara Forrest from Southeastern Louisiana University, will discuss the likely impact of the new Louisiana law on teaching science in the state. The Honorable Judge John E. Jones, who presided over the landmark 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover trial (which banished intelligent design from the classroom), will discuss the case law leading to the Dover trial and how judges decide what is good science. Dr. Ken Miller, author of Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul, will dissect the "science" of intelligent design. Cost: High school teachers and students free with proof of status; others: conference registration fee ($445). Further details can be found on this page.

For more information: 
Contact: Peter Farnham

Can I both believe in God and accept evolution? Resources for Catholic Educators

Featuring: 
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.Peter M.J. Hess

Time: 
5:00pm
Date: 
April 15, 2009
Location: 
Nat'l Catholic Educational Assoc. Convention
Room 213B, Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA


Catholic teachers are not infrequently challenged by students or parents (or even fellow teachers) about their teaching of the theory of biological evolution. Three events in the last few years have lent greater urgency to this question: the publication of atheist Richard Dawkin’s The God Delusion, Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham’s opening of the Answers-in-Genesis “Creation Museum” outside Cincinnati, and the release of the film "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed." There has been much sensational news coverage in recent years of creationism, intelligent design, and the biological theory of evolution. Is there really a conflict? Can we both (1) believe in God, and at the same time (2) accept the evolutionary assumptions of modern biology? Does the Bible teach us about science? Did a flood cover the entire earth in the days of Noah? Are atheism and biblical literalism the only genuine possibilities? What matters are truly at stake in this apparent conflict? This talk will offer an overview and provide teachers with resources for use in the classroom and with parents.

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What Will the Creationists Do Next?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, PhD

Time: 
10:30pm
Date: 
April 15, 2009
Location: 
Intellectual Commons
Doheny Memorial Library 233
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California


After the failure of creation science and intelligent design to survive legal tests of their constitutionality, the creationist movement evolved new strategies. These call for teaching the “strengths and weaknesses of evolution” or the “critical analysis of evolution” which are creationism in disguise. In lieu of policies promoting the teaching of creation science or Intelligent Design, modern creationists try to change state science education standards or pass state legislation to promote these “softer” and less-obvious approaches. Such “Academic Freedom Act” legislation has popped up in several states already, and reflects the creationism du jour.

Dr. Scott's talk is part of a larger event: "Darwin Today: Evolution and Scientific Thought", which runs from 10am to 4pm.

A presentation in the
USC Darwin Bicentennial Symposium

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Can I both believe in God and accept evolution? Resources for Catholic Educators

Featuring: 
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.Peter M.J. Hess

Time: 
9:00am
Date: 
April 15, 2009
Location: 
Nat'l Catholic Educational Assoc. Convention
Room 213B, Anaheim Convention Center
800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA


Catholic teachers are not infrequently challenged by students or parents (or even fellow teachers) about their teaching of the theory of biological evolution. Three events in the last few years have lent greater urgency to this question: the publication of atheist Richard Dawkin’s The God Delusion, Young Earth Creationist Ken Ham’s opening of the Answers-in-Genesis “Creation Museum” outside Cincinnati, and the release of the film "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed." There has been much sensational news coverage in recent years of creationism, intelligent design, and the biological theory of evolution. Is there really a conflict? Can we both (1) believe in God, and at the same time (2) accept the evolutionary assumptions of modern biology? Does the Bible teach us about science? Did a flood cover the entire earth in the days of Noah? Are atheism and biblical literalism the only genuine possibilities? What matters are truly at stake in this apparent conflict? This talk will offer an overview and provide teachers with resources for use in the classroom and with parents.

For more information: 

What Will the Creationists Do Next?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, PhD

Time: 
2:30pm
Date: 
April 15, 2009
Location: 
Intellectual Commons
Doheny Memorial Library 233
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California


After the failure of creation science and intelligent design to survive legal tests of their constitutionality, the creationist movement evolved new strategies. These call for teaching the “strengths and weaknesses of evolution” or the “critical analysis of evolution” which are creationism in disguise. In lieu of policies promoting the teaching of creation science or Intelligent Design, modern creationists try to change state science education standards or pass state legislation to promote these “softer” and less-obvious approaches. Such “Academic Freedom Act” legislation has popped up in several states already, and reflects the creationism du jour.

Dr. Scott's talk is part of a larger event: "Darwin Today: Evolution and Scientific Thought", which runs from 10am to 4pm.

A presentation in the
USC Darwin Bicentennial Symposium

For more information: 

Symposium: The Roles and Intersections between Educational Research and the Sciences

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Francisco Ayala, Michael Reiss, Brian Alters, Father George Coyne, and Jay Labov
Eugenie Scott
Time: 
8:25pm
Date: 
April 14, 2009
Location: 
American Education Research Association, Annual Meeting
San Diego Convention Center
Ballroom 6F
San Diego, CA


This symposium will address how scientists, theologians, and education researchers might collaborate more effectively in the future. Scientists and theologians who have written eloquently about science and faith will interact with education researchers who examined how people learn about evolution specifically and the processes, nature, and limits of science more generally. Following brief presentations, a moderated discussion will explore ways that this combination of expertise might help to shape science education programs around evolution and other similar "controversial" topics.

For more information: 
Email: Jay Labov

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