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Darwin: The man, his science, and his legacy

Featuring: 
Keith Thomson, Kevin Padian, Kipling Will, and Eugenie C. Scott
Date: 
February 7, 2009
Location: 
2050 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809. His birthday is an opportunity to celebrate his contribution to science and its influence in such diverse academic fields as biology, anthropology, and medicine. To kick off the multiple celebrations that will be taking place in the Bay Area, UCMP and NCSE offer you the opportunity to join historians and evolutionary biologists as they discuss the extraordinary life of Charles Darwin, his contributions, his legacy, and our current understandings of evolutionary theory. Speakers will include Keith Thomson, Kipling Will, Kevin Padian, and Eugenie Scott.

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Update on Evolution Education

Featuring: 
Andrew J. Petto
Andrew J. PettoAndrew J. Petto
Time: 
1:00pm
Date: 
February 7, 2009
Location: 
Community Room at Chase Bank
4702 S. Packard Ave.
Cudahy WI

A presentation for Southeast Wisconsin Freethinkers.

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Darwin: The man, his science, and his legacy

Featuring: 
Keith Thomson, Kevin Padian, Kipling Will, and Eugenie C. Scott
Date: 
February 7, 2009
Location: 
2050 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809. His birthday is an opportunity to celebrate his contribution to science and its influence in such diverse academic fields as biology, anthropology, and medicine. To kick off the multiple celebrations that will be taking place in the Bay Area, UCMP and NCSE offer you the opportunity to join historians and evolutionary biologists as they discuss the extraordinary life of Charles Darwin, his contributions, his legacy, and our current understandings of evolutionary theory. Speakers will include Keith Thomson, Kipling Will, Kevin Padian, and Eugenie Scott.

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What Will the Creationists Do Next?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
3:00pm
Date: 
February 7, 2009
Location: 
Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California, Berkeley



After the failure of Intelligent Design to survive a legal test of its constitutionality in the classroom (Kitzmiller v Dover) the creationist movement evolved new strategies. These call for teaching the “strengths and weaknesses of evolution” or engaging students in a “critical analysis of evolution.” These strategies are, of course, creationism in disguise. In lieu of Dover-like policies promoting the teaching of Intelligent Design, the Discovery Institute has provided model legislation for states to promote these approaches. This “Academic Freedom Act” legislation has popped up in several states already, and reflects creationism du jour.

[Dr. Scott's talk is part of the symposium, “Darwin: the man, his science, and his legacy,” sponsored by the University of California Museum of Paleontology and lasting from 9:00am to 4:00pm]


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Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
12:00am
Date: 
February 5, 2009
Location: 
176 Brooks Hall
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

In working on the front lines of the creation/evolution fight, NCSE's Josh Rosenau has found that creationist arguments rely on widespread misconceptions about science and about evolution in particular. Just as parasites exploit weaknesses to gain access to new hosts, creationist ideas spread by preying on these misconceptions. By clearing up those misconceptions, we can help prevent those bad ideas from spreading.

Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
4:00pm
Date: 
February 5, 2009
Location: 
176 Brooks Hall
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859

In working on the front lines of the creation/evolution fight, NCSE's Josh Rosenau has found that creationist arguments rely on widespread misconceptions about science and about evolution in particular. Just as parasites exploit weaknesses to gain access to new hosts, creationist ideas spread by preying on these misconceptions. By clearing up those misconceptions, we can help prevent those bad ideas from spreading.

Intelligent Design on Trial: Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau and Ralph Taggart and Frank Ravitch
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
February 3, 2009
Location: 
Unitarian Universalist Church
855 Grove St.
East Lansing, MI 48823

A screening of NOVA's Peabody Award-winning documentary about the 2005 intelligent design trial in Dover, PA. The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ralph Taggart of the Michigan State University Department of Geological Sciences, Frank Ravitch of the MSU Law School, and NCSE's Joshua Rosenau.

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Intelligent Design on Trial: Kitzmiller v. Dover

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau and Ralph Taggart and Frank Ravitch
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 3, 2009
Location: 
Unitarian Universalist Church
855 Grove St.
East Lansing, MI 48823

A screening of NOVA's Peabody Award-winning documentary about the 2005 intelligent design trial in Dover, PA. The film will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Ralph Taggart of the Michigan State University Department of Geological Sciences, Frank Ravitch of the MSU Law School, and NCSE's Joshua Rosenau.

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The 21st Century Darwin Deniers

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest
Barbara ForrestBarbara Forrest
Date: 
February 1, 2009
Location: 
The Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge
8470 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge LA

Come celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin (2-12-1809) as our minister welcomes Dr. Barbara Forrest in a dialogue-sermon on how "intelligent design" and creationism are on the verge of moving into Louisiana public school science classrooms. Dr. Forrest, author of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design, 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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The 21st Century Darwin Deniers

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest
Barbara ForrestBarbara Forrest
Date: 
February 1, 2009
Location: 
The Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge
8470 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge LA

Come celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin (2-12-1809) as our minister welcomes Dr. Barbara Forrest in a dialogue-sermon on how "intelligent design" and creationism are on the verge of moving into Louisiana public school science classrooms. Dr. Forrest, author of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design, 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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